Abahachi, Chief of the Apache Indians, and his blood brother Ranger maintain peace and justice in the Wild West. One day, Abahachi needs to take up a credit from the Shoshone Indians to ... See full summary »
Otto, a young man from East-Frisia comes to the big city (Hamburg) to make his fortune. Most of all he is engaged with two problems: How can he impress Silvia, a rich young girl, and where ... See full summary »
Sky du Mont
Editor Eckernförde has come into the possession of an audiocassette that contains a recording of the last minutes of deceased politician Uwe Barschel. The circumstances of his untimely ... See full summary »
Hundreds of years after humans have settled on Mars, Regulator Rogul and Lord Jens Maul, lead a force of Martians to Earth in order to conquer the planet. Queen Metaphor looks to the gay ... See full summary »
Otto loses his flat, because he could not pay the rent. To work off his rent arrears he is doing dirty work for the caretaker. Just now Gaby moves into the house and Otto falls in love, but Gaby has eyes only for Amboss the bodybuilder.
Otto is the only one who is able to save his Frisian fatherland; but he needs the help of his brother, who is abroad. But his brother does not want to fulfill what he has sworn as a child. ... See full summary »
Marijan David Vajda,
Hans Peter Hallwachs
Abahachi, Chief of the Apache Indians, and his blood brother Ranger maintain peace and justice in the Wild West. One day, Abahachi needs to take up a credit from the Shoshone Indians to finance his tribe's new saloon. Unfortunately Santa Maria, who sold the saloon, betrays Abahachi, takes the money and leaves. Soon, the Shoshones are on the warpath to get their money back, and Abahachi is forced to organize it quickly. Luckily, he, his twin brother Winnetouch, beautiful dancer Uschi and the Greek Dimitri each own a quarter of a treasure map that leads them to 'the shoe of Manitu'. There, Santa Maria already awaits them to take their new treasure away as well. But he did not think about the determination of Abahachi's team. Written by
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When the Indian Chief - Listiger Lurch - asks for a war hatchet, one of his assistants responds - in a fake Apache dialect - that it got broken because the one they bought had a very cheap quality. The last word he utters in this fake dialect is "Tchibo". Tchibo is a chain of stores very popular in Germany, which is characterized by selling a handful of generic items at low prices. See more »
In the tap dance sequence before starting to sing the Superperforator song, the scratch in the parquet that Sky Dumont makes in the main tap dance can already be seen. See more »
Soon I'll be the richest man in the West. I could even take you for my wife.
What would I do with your wife?
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"Erkan" and "Stefan", the duo known from Erkan & Stefan (2000), introduce the film to the audience. See more »
Why is it that foreign films are so notoriously unpopular in America? Does the phrase "lost in translation" ring a bell? Michael "Bully" Herbig is a brilliant comic, writer, actor, and director and his television show is one of the funniest ever seen, just as "Der Schuh des Manitou" has the distinction (believe it or not) of being the most successful German-language movie of all time.
But like all great comedians, Herbig uses linguistics to point up the content. As someone else on this site mentions: Yes, you are basically screwed if you don't speak German and understand various dialects and the socio-political ramifications of the context in which they are employed.
Let's take "Monty Python" for example: there is simply no way to translate this humour. It can be done fairly well with subtitles, but to try and translate the actual text into another language and dub over the original voices? Think of just about any scene in a Python film or TV sketch and try to imagine it dubbed into another language. It just wouldn't work.
Another example is why Mel Brooks' brilliant early films are nowhere near as funny dubbed into German as they are in the original English. "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles," and "Young Frankenstein" all depend to some degree on the use of overdone, stereotypical German and/or Yiddish accents. When you dub these movies into German, you lose the jokes. Take a classic line from "Young Frankenstein:" being told of the scale of the monster's body parts, Teri Garr (as Inga) says, "He vould have an enormous schwanzstucker." This word doesn't exist in German: Brooks made it up as something he thought English audiences would find funny as a German euphemism for "penis." The joke is simply untranslatable.
The same applies to "Der Schuh des Manitou." I can't begin to imagine how it must sound translated into English (or any other language for that matter) sheer nonsense, I imagine. As a native English-speaker, I best enjoyed the film when I watched the DVD with the German subtitles switched on (some of the dialects are a bit much for me), but I was falling over and crying with laughter. It is a comic masterpiece, but I can only imagine that to see it in a dubbed version is a waste of time.
Even the premise doesn't translate well: Germans and Austrians have maintained for a century a fascination with the American wild west novels of Karl May (written and published in German and still widely available and collected in various old editions), about the native American Indian Winitou. How bizarre is that? Herbig takes it to the extreme by parodying the countries' obsession with cowboys and Indians, but then having them speak in German dialects and even German dialect parodies of movie Indian language.
Herbig's latest film, "(T)Raumschiff Surprise: Periode 1" (OK: there are already three jokes in the title which would take 250 words to explain!) is a sort of gay parody of "Star Trek" (and "Star Wars" and the Indiana Jones films, etc.), and there is no way I can begin to translate for you the jokes in the character names (i.e. Mr. Spuck) and the use of dialects. Consider this: Schrotty speaks Bavarian dialect with a Scottish accent. How can you possible translate that?
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