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The Harmonists (1997)

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Comedian Harmonists tells the story of a famous, German male sextet, five vocals and piano, the "Comedian Harmonists", from the day they meet first in 1927 to the day in 1934, when they ... See full summary »

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Comedian Harmonists tells the story of a famous, German male sextet, five vocals and piano, the "Comedian Harmonists", from the day they meet first in 1927 to the day in 1934, when they become banned by the upcoming Nazis, because three of them are Jewish. Written by Markus Mühlbauer <muehlbauer@ubaclu.unibas.ch>

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Eine Legende kehrt zurück. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

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25 December 1997 (Germany)  »

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Opening Weekend:

DEM 3,989,063 (Germany) (26 December 1997)

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$479,828 (USA) (7 May 1999)
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Trivia

With very few exceptions, all vocal performances heard during the movie were original recordings of the 1930's group. The old material was de-noised and digitally enhanced. See more »

Goofs

The same building is shown as an exterior establishing shot for both a hotel in Paris and an apartment building in Berlin. See more »

Quotes

Robert Biberti: What are you talking about? America! This is the world capital of the entertainment. That's the hardest competition. They were just waiting for us. We don't even speak english. Entertainment industry? This is the jungle here. We would be lost. You are crazy. No way.
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After the movie, before the end credits, a photo of the real Comedian Harmonists is showed. See more »

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References Pandora's Box (1929) See more »

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Ein bisschen Leichtsinn kann nicht schaden
Performed by Comedian Harmonists
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Childhood memories of radio and politics
29 June 2003 | by (Gillett PA USA) – See all my reviews

Throughout the 30s and 40s, everyone in Germany loved the Comedian Harmonists when they came over the radio, although it must have been the follow-up group rather than the original one. It is interesting and moving to see that original group and hear their songs again; and it illuminates once more the idiocy of the Nazis to silence and drive away such worthwhile people who felt as, and wanted to be, good Germans.

However, their confrontation with the Storm Troopers as shown in the movie, and presumably taking place in 1933, is an unfortunate exaggeration, because window smashing and physical abuse did not occur that early during the Nazi regime. Also, railway stations were not adorned with giant swastika flags - they would have turned black quickly from the soot of the steam engines. There was no need by the producers to deviate on these points from the historical accuracy - a deviation that throws a somewhat questionable light on the rest of the story.

Yet these producers did manage to find five men who sing beautifully, with the same perfection and tonal range of the Comedian Harmonists, which makes this film eminently enjoyable after all.


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