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This is German satire at it's best and most direct.
This movie addresses some self-inflicted stereotypes people put upon themselves, be it as German lower class to middle class, be it as Post WW II Germany with lots of hints to particular stereotypes, or be it as the Germany that idolizes America and the Wild Wild West. Of course, Karl May has done his part to further the cause of Helge Schneider here. Helge addresses these stereotypes, and he does it without mercy.
The mayor with the suit and the T-shirt is a classic, and if you never knew people "like that", you will not be able to understand or relate. The scene, where "how to really eat cake" is addressed, was re-"played" thousands of times around afternoon-tea-tables around Germany anytime between 1930 and the present time - mostly in a dead serious manner. Still, if you remember sitting in a bus in a rural area in Germany around 1975, you will remember some of the people being shown, such as Doc Snyder's mother. The detective 00 Schneider is a classic as well, addressing personal dressing up and identification with a job more than a particular "plot".
It would be strange if this movie made sense to anyone not knowing the time between 1950 and 1980 - which is the time that obviously formed Helge Schneider in a way that he had to make that movie. It's a pay back, and a very good one. This is surely the Monty Python of Germany. However, Monty Python gave up some of it's local bite for a wider audience, and Helge Schneider obviously did not work towards such a commitment. This makes his movies much more "right on", and much less viewable to anyone without relation to the cultural time addressed in his movie.
I once attended a Gerhard Polt show where he talked about "Bad Hausen". Beforehand, I thought, let me better dress up properly, so I showed up in my gray woolen vest, and my blue-and-white checkerboard shirt. Turns out that a lot of exile-Bavarians like me did the same thing. So there we were, all trying to figure out his satire, dressed up in folksy uniforms. During the show, I noticed that sometimes, Polt said something that I found extremely funny, but while I was laughing about what he'd come up with, the guy next to me would just nod as if Polt said something he'd full heartedly agree with. At that moment, I realized that Polt made fun of people like that guy next to me, but that guy maybe did not realise that that's what had happened. As the show went on, I caught myself nodding at some of his lines myself, while I could not help noticing that people like the guy next to me would laugh their belly off. That is when I figured out that Polt made fun of me, too.
This insight pertains to Helge Schneider's "Doc Snyder" to the highest degree.
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