Der Hauptmann Von Koeln (1956)

Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - East Germany  |  
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This routine East German film by director Dudow Slatan is a combination parody-drama that tackles a subject long considered taboo in the West: post-war Nazism in Germany. Eschewing real issues like the desecration of Jewish cemeteries or synagogues, the story sticks with parody to put its point across. A minor waiter gets into hot water when he is mistakenly taken in by a group of neo-Nazis under the false impression that he is their new leader. Rather than set everything straight right from the beginning, the waiter goes along with the charade not ever thinking that the real leader is bound to show up sooner or later.

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impersonation, mistaken-identity, waiter