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Hans Zeisig (as Michael Bully Herbig)
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Siegfried Meyer
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Frida von Oorten
Valeriy Grishko ...
Josef Stalin (as Valery Grishko)
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Jeschow
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Wassili Ulrich
Thomas Thieme ...
Gennadi Vengerov ...
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Josef Ostendorf ...
Mama
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Karl-Heinz Müller
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Frau Platten
Axel Wandtke ...
Steffi Kühnert ...
Lotte Kühn
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Daniel Wiemer ...
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In 1938 Hans Zeisig, an apolitical comedian, impersonator and cabaret actor, flees with a Russian passport (instead of American, which he would have preferred) from Nazi-Berlin, and finds himself in the legendary Hotel Lux, the 'lost paradise' of the Comintern, in Moscow. Everyone believes that Zeisig is a man named Hansen, Hitler's personal astrologer. But Zeisig quickly realizes that he's gone from the frying pan into the fire. In the Hotel Lux he meets his friends Frida and later Meyer again, still passionate communists. For the three idealists an adventure between love and death begins to run its course. Written by Anonymous

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Goofs

While spelling the word "Holly" from "Hollywood" in English Zeisig is pronouncing the letter Y not in an English way. See more »

Crazy Credits

The first part of the closing credits are displayed over the star sky, mixed with different constellations and star-made impressions of the main actors and different celebrities of the 1930s. See more »

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References Die Drei von der Tankstelle (1930) See more »

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Ein Freund, ein guter Freund
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Robert Gilbert
Performed by Michael Herbig and Jürgen Vogel
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So much fun!
2 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

I am attending a film festival in Porto and so far this was the best movie in competition. I don't watch a lot of European films because they usually don't open in Portugal, but I try to use this opportunities to watch different movies and this time I wasn't disappointed. It's a story of two comedy actors in Berlin in 1939. One of them plays Hitler and the other Stalin to a room full of Nazi officers. The beginning is absolutely great and I could't stop laughing. With the war both comedians have to run and trying to reach Hollywood they end up in Moscow. At this point the film looses a bit of its initial vigor but I enjoyed it anyway and although the end is a bit predictable, it is still a very enjoyable movie and totally worth the time.


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