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November 13, 2008 9:48 AM   Subscribe

"Whoever warned me about the housing bubble, leave ... this ... room - right now."
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing (43 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: down with this sort of thing. -- jessamyn



 
FINALLY, A PARODY OF DOWNFALL!
posted by Plutor at 9:52 AM on November 13, 2008 [14 favorites]


Thank God I saw that movie before the Internet meme came into being.
posted by Prospero at 9:53 AM on November 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


That'll do, internet. That'll do.
posted by boo_radley at 9:53 AM on November 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


You mean to tell me Hitler is an internet meme? Damn, when did this happen?
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:56 AM on November 13, 2008


I'm torn between "oh, not another one of these" and the fact that I consistently get laughs out of them.
posted by horsemuth at 9:57 AM on November 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


YouTube search for Downfall
posted by Plutor at 9:57 AM on November 13, 2008


If you can actually speak German, the hundreds of different versions of this clip kind of fall flat.

They kind of fall flat anyway.
posted by dunkadunc at 9:58 AM on November 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


Economics is much simpler when it is illustrated with Hitler's despair.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 9:59 AM on November 13, 2008


You know who else liked to flip real estate, don't you?
posted by porn in the woods at 10:00 AM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


I saw this hilarious dancing baby thing somewhere.
If only there were some way to search for it.
posted by chococat at 10:00 AM on November 13, 2008


I always thought of Hitler as more of an IROC kind of guy.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 10:01 AM on November 13, 2008


Is there one of these where the soundtrack is a bunch of Nazis talking? Because that would be hilarious.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 10:01 AM on November 13, 2008


Oh, c'mon. "I can get you a job as a dog groomer" is funny.
posted by words1 at 10:01 AM on November 13, 2008


The closing line should've been "I'm too big to fail." IMO.

In another opinion, I'm thinking the internet should find another foreign language film clip to play around with.
posted by never used baby shoes at 10:02 AM on November 13, 2008


I kind of felt sorry for the dude with the moustache.
posted by Mister_A at 10:03 AM on November 13, 2008


You know who else had a downfall? That's right: Timmy! Bonus question: What do you call three holes in the ground? Well, well, well.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:04 AM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh Hitler, is there nothing you can't make better?
posted by Artw at 10:05 AM on November 13, 2008


Oh, c'mon. "I can get you a job as a dog groomer" is funny.

And a Pergo Floor is funny too.
posted by Bitter soylent at 10:06 AM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Internet meme deniers make me sick!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:07 AM on November 13, 2008


This gives me a chance to practice my pidgin German:

Jagen Schl├Ągen die voot schmenkel ein verrdorkoenig mit zimmenstrasse nicht!

Cooo Cooo!
posted by Mister_A at 10:08 AM on November 13, 2008


If there's one thing that can make an impending economic collapse funny, it's a genocidal dictator.
posted by DU at 10:09 AM on November 13, 2008


Wow, dieser Hitler Typ hat echt die Arschkarte gezogen, oder?

Are there any fiitting clips in W. that the Germans can turn around and make a internet meme out of?

*scratches head*

Is that some kind of inverse Godwin there?
posted by chillmost at 10:09 AM on November 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


Ha! He make vith ze -- ah fuck it.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 10:11 AM on November 13, 2008


Hang on a minute, wasn't the Eagle's Nest a gift?
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:14 AM on November 13, 2008


iSketch was the only good one
posted by Damn That Television at 10:16 AM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


How about no more downfall parody FPPs unless the spoken German is correct?
posted by jeffburdges at 10:18 AM on November 13, 2008


[insert comment about "wann das nunstuck ist git und slottermeyer" here.]

Also, I am kinda sick of seeing this clip ... the first time I saw it, the subtitles had something to do with Adolf losing his WoW or Runescape account. The next time it was to parody something else. Aren't there any other movies where a fictionalized Hitler flips out? Why can't someone put funny subtitles in a Riefenstahl film? (Probably someone has and that's been overdone, too.)

Ja! Beierhund oder der flipperwald gesprt!
posted by not_on_display at 10:19 AM on November 13, 2008


Downfall is a pretty incredible movie. After watching it, I stopped finding the parodies quite so funny.
posted by Dr-Baa at 10:20 AM on November 13, 2008


This, however, is awesome.
posted by Jofus at 10:21 AM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


So ... what I hear you saying is, Downfall parodies are fairly common?
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:25 AM on November 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


I am not an expert, but I think the subtitles for that are completely wrong. Here are a few things I noticed and thought about, and I think they make for a pretty strong case against these so-called "translators":
  • Hitler died in 1945, and it seems like this is footage of him in the final days, in his bunker. The housing bubble is a contemporary event.
  • The map they are pointing to is quite clearly Berlin and its environs, and in this period housing values were not a topical issue that Hitler would be involved with.
  • I can't make out all the German, but I clearly heard the name "Steiner", and from reading a few accounts of the last days of Hitler, I think he is asking that Steiner's group move to defend, and his generals are explaining that this group is destroyed or out of contact with the High Command.
  • On a more basic level, notice that the staff are all generals and other high-ranking military officers. It makes no sense that they would be advising Hitler on economic matters - that would be the job of Speer at this point in the war, and I think he was already in Flensburg.
  • Hitler's anger could not be explained by any sort of economic downturn - as Fuhrer he had access to whatever riches he desired, and anyway lived a fairly simple life. Given the historical context it is obvious that he is raving about the his betrayal by the German armed forces and the German people.
posted by Meatbomb at 10:27 AM on November 13, 2008 [22 favorites]


"My dog's got no nose!" . . . . .
posted by not_on_display at 10:28 AM on November 13, 2008


Marisa: thanks for the link. Unlike so many of the other kids here who are too cool for school, I enjoyed it. Probably because I don't generally watch parody vidclips, but you presented it well in a simple sentence.

Also, I saw Downfall some time ago and was riveted.
posted by illiad at 10:30 AM on November 13, 2008


I'd like to see one about Hitler's FPP getting deleted.
posted by mattbucher at 10:30 AM on November 13, 2008


"Anyone who flagged this thread for delete, out of the room!"
posted by zippy at 10:41 AM on November 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


There was a whole FPP full of link after link to different versions of this meme, but I can't find it now. It might have been deleted.
posted by Caduceus at 10:41 AM on November 13, 2008


Meatbomb writes "The map they are pointing to is quite clearly Berlin and its environs, and in this period housing values were not a topical issue that Hitler would be involved with."

Dude, the Red Army and its mortars did amazing things to housing values. In Berlin, and even more so in Prussia.
posted by orthogonality at 10:42 AM on November 13, 2008


I'm not terribly good with sarcasm/irony - whatever humor you kids are using today - but I don't think that Meatbomb was really confused about the intent of that video.
  • Its pretty obvious that no one would think Hitler would comment on the current housing bubble. Outside of the fringe occult, which I do no believe Meatbomb is a member, he isn't known for his precognitive abilities.
  • Meatbomb seems to have a pretty good grasp of what the actual events of this section of the clip was supposed to represent in a historical context. The translation obviously doesn't match Meatbomb's knowledge of WWII history.
  • He is wrong about Hitler being angry, though. Its a well-known fact that Hitler had a brain parasite that made him crazy, paranoid and ultimately suicidal. So he could be angry about anything.

posted by cimbrog at 10:44 AM on November 13, 2008


Ich habe su viele uber die bohnen gedenkt!
posted by LionIndex at 10:45 AM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Meatbomb, I am disturbed by your historical revisionism about this crucial chapter in world history. If we don't remember the German housing crisis of 1945, we will be doomed to repeat it.

You can even hear the foreclosed houses being detonated by banks outside Hitler's bunker.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 10:46 AM on November 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


Anything that mocks house flippers is ok by me.
posted by diogenes at 10:52 AM on November 13, 2008


The funniest one of these, to me, was one about the Fairytale household's particular VFX specialty-- the remarkably unglamorous world of film scanning and recording, client I/O, and imaging quality.

The fact that there even was a Downfall parody about this should tell you just how many species of shark the meme's jumped.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 10:54 AM on November 13, 2008


So who is this Hitler, then?
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:55 AM on November 13, 2008


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