“Downton Abbey” has come a long way since its 1912 beginnings. The Crawleys have weathered the sinking of the Titanic, World War I, near-financial ruin, numerous family deaths, scandal and even Jewish intermarriage (gasp!). But don’t expect to see Nazis planes bearing down on the Earl of Grantham any time soon.
The last season of the hit British drama will take place in 1925, Julian Fellowes told The Wrap. In fact, Fellowes specified that one of the reasons the show will end before 1930 is to avoid Hitler-focused scenes.
“I feel the ’30s have been very much explored dramatically, and I didn’t really want to get into the whole business of the Nazis, which I think has been explored exhaustively,” Fellowes said. “And I don’t know that there is anything else to be said about the Nazis.”
“The difficulty of dramatizing the Nazis, to me, is that I like ambivalent dramas, where you don’t know whose side you’re on, or maybe you change sides,” he added. “You might initially think, Oh no, [Maggie Smith’s character] Violet is completely wrong in this, but as the argument goes on and as you hear more of her point of view, you understand where she’s coming from. That’s what I like. But the Nazis don’t give you that. Nobody’s slightly on the side of the Nazis. It’s so absolute—there’s just bad guys and good guys. And there have been wonderful films about them, but I don’t think I’m the right guy to write them.”
The history buffs among you will know that Hitler didn’t actually rise to power in Germany until 1933. However, the Munich Beer Hall Putsch, which landed the wanna-be dictator in jail, took place in 1923. During that time, he wrote ‘Mein Kampf, which would be published in 1925.
And yes, Fellowes stressed in the interview, this will be the last season, and no amount of pleading letters will change that. “Obviously, we’ve had lots of letters saying, ‘Please don’t,’ which is flattering,” Fellowes said. “And that is precisely why we’re ending it now, because we still get letters asking us not to.”
For more “Downton Abbey” scoops, check out the full interview here.
In an acute case of “no good deed goes unpunished,” Coca-Cola’s #MakeItHappy campaign has gone hopelessly awry. The campaign, launched during the Super Bowl, goes as follows: fans of Coke can tweet unpleasant things and the company, who then turns those angry thoughts into a fun image, which is then tweeted back with the slogan “We turned the hate you found into something happy.”
Our friends over at Gawker decided to test the boundaries of this experiment in happy thinking. Using specially designed Twitter bot @MeinCoke, the news outlet proceeded to tweet parts of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” to @CocaCola.
Amazingly, Coke tweeted back.
Behold, the first four paragraphs of Mein Kampf, as illustrated by Coke:
It has turned out fortunate for me to-day that destiny appointed Braunau-on-the-Inn to be my birthplace.
@MeinCoke We turned the hate you found into something happy. RT to make people :) http://t.co/k4GYJBCmNh pic.twitter.com/r9hUrn1lgz — Coca-Cola (@CocaCola) February 3, 2015
The real Adolf Hitler addresses Germany’s parliament.
(JTA) — It sounds like the premise for a bad horror film: Adolf Hitler is reincarnated as someone who not only looks like him, but shares his views.
Kosovo resident Emin Djinovci apparently believes such a film would be the story of his life. The 49-year-old Hitler impersonator, who claims to be the Nazi leader reincarnated, charges over $90 for photos he takes with tourists, according to the United Kingdom’s Mirror newspaper.
Hitler lookalikes are nothing new. Just last month, an actor dressed like Hitler appeared throughout Germany’s Dresden in an effort to promote a new film.
Courtesy of Weidler Auction House
(Reuters) — A 1914 watercolor by Adolf Hitler to be auctioned on Saturday could fetch up to 50,000 euros ($62,685) given strong global interest, a German auction house chief said on Tuesday.
Auctioneer Kathrin Weidler said the painting entitled “Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen” (Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich) is one of about 2,000 works Hitler painted from about 1905 to 1920 as a struggling young artist.
Asked about criticism that it is tasteless to auction the Nazi dictator’s works, generally considered to be of limited artistic merit, she said complaints should be addressed to the sellers - an unidentified pair of German sisters in their 70s.
“Those who want to get worked up about this should just go ahead and get worked up about it,” Weidler told Reuters at her Weidler Auction House in Nuremberg, where Hitler held mass Nazi party rallies from 1933 to 1938.
“They should take it up with the city of Nuremberg or with those who preserved it. It’s an historical document.”
Hitler wrote in his autobiography “Mein Kampf” that his hopes as a young man of becoming an artist were dashed by his repeated rejection by Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts.
“We’ve had inquiries so far from four continents and the interest in this particular painting appears to be quite high,” Weidler said. “The interest has been high from America, Japan and across Asia. I don’t know if all these bidders will actually come to the showroom in person. It’s possible but the last time we had a painting from this artist, that didn’t happen.”
Five other Hitler paintings previously auctioned fetched as much as 80,000 euros while others went for just 5,000.
“It’s impossible to say how much it’ll go for - anything from a few thousand to something around 50,000 euros,” she said. The minimum bid has been set at 4,500 euros and 10 percent of the earnings are to be donated to charity.
Weidler said the original handwritten bill dated Sept. 25, 1916 came with the painting and was a rarity for Hitler’s art.
But that has raised doubt among critics about the painting’s provenance. They recall how hoaxer Konrad Kujauused supposed certifications of authenticity to trick some historians when he marketed what proved to be bogus “Hitler’s Diaries” in 1983.
Representatives of Spain’s Jewish community demanded that a local politician apologize for dressing up as Adolf Hitler at a Halloween party.
Toni Rodríguez, a representative of the ruling Popular Party on the council of the municipality of Gandia near Valencia in eastern Spain, posed for pictures with friends while in costume on Oct. 31.
The Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain, or FCJE, on Tuesday wrote to the municipality, to the council member and to the party’s regional representatives “to ask that they issue a public apology,” FCJE’s communications director, Maria Royo, told JTA.
“We complained about the behavior of this council member. We have not received an answer so far,” she said.
The Spanish-language Jewish news website itongadol.com reported, based on a report by the AJN news agency, that Rodriguez’s spokesperson said his boss dressed up as Hitler “not to celebrate the person but to ridicule him and show him as a person connected with horror.”
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