Look Who’s Back

I happened to come across the movie “Look Who’s Back” on Netflix the other day. Over the course of a few days I watched it, in little snatches, not because I did not have enough time for a single sitting but because I found it hard to take for more than a few minutes.

Here is a Wikipedia article on the movie, which is based on a best-selling book “Er Ist Wieder Da” that appeared in Germany in 2014.

The premise of the story is that Hitler wakes up suddenly at the site of the bunker where he committed suicide in 1945, now a quiet residential neighborhood. A TV reporter doing a program on kids captures video of Hitler at a distance and later, after closely examining his video, goes back in search of the man. We have no idea how, but Hitler has come back some 70 years later, not having aged, but having missed everything in between. He brings himself up to date hanging out in a newspaper kiosk for a few days. The TV reporter finds him there and takes him on a tour to make a documentary. The film proceeds much like a documentary. Some people think he is a comedian or street performer and want to take selfies with Hitler, a few are outraged. But the documentary is a big hit and Hitler becomes a TV star on a show called “Whoa Dude”. But I don’t want to spoil it for you. Watch the movie or read the book – it is available in English. See if you don’t recognize the style.

2 thoughts on “Look Who’s Back”

  1. I read the synopsis of the book and also of the film. Altogether too like the current picture, and I am not sure I can bring myself to watch the film, as I can barely stand to watch the TV these days. Remember when we learned about “bread and circuses”? What seemed like an ancient foolishness among the people is not at all dead. This is not exactly the same, in that entertainments are not given as anesthesia, but the invitation to voice and act out hatred offers a different kind of outlet.

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