In a previous post, I mentioned that my son gets extra credit in U.S. History class for watching a movie about their current subject and writing a report about it. For 4th quarter, it’s World War II. Needless to say, there are plenty of WW2 movies. Shall I dig out the John Wayne movies on VHS? Twelve O’Clock High or Tora! Tora! Tora! off Netflix? Rocketboy chose Downfall to practice his German at the same time.
Downfall, of course, is the source of numerous parodies on Youtube.
It took me a bit to change mind-gears, away from the jokes and onto the seriousness of war, a charismatic but deteriorating leader, and the followers who either accept the end and try to survive or can’t fathom any other way of life and check themselves out. I did not know until I saw this movie that Goebbels and his wife killed their six children. (How do you get an actor to look that evil?) I think Rocketboy learned a lot, considering the number of real people portrayed in the movie. Peter, the young soldier, represents all of the Hitler Youth but is modeled after Alfred Czech. Czech received the Iron Cross from Hitler in the last newsreel film before the end. There may have been other inconsistencies but nothing glaring for me.
After all the suicides and shootings, we cheered ourselves up with Blue Collar Comedy Whirled Tour.
Not bad for a Wednesday during spring break. How was your day?