Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1972, United Kingdom)
Director: Norman Cohen
Czas: 100 minut
Director: Norman Cohen
Future comedy star Spike Milligan is called up for active service in 1940 adding his... unique talents to the quality of British army.
In 1940 young Terence Milligan, later better known by his stage name Spike Milligan, gets his call-up letter and soon joins other recruits in Royal Artillery military training base in Bexhill-on-Sea. From the beginning he gets on the wrong foot with the officers, who see his easygoing manner as a unmistakable symptom of being a troublemaker. His adventures (and more often misadventures) during the military training show how the clash between the pompous military discipline and his creative mind had to lead to his future career as one of the icons of surreal humor.
Film based on Spike Milliganâ€™s autobiography is a look on the real life of British recruits in 1940 - not the propaganda version of brave Tommies just waiting to join the war and prove what they are made of, but normal people gathered for military training - some of them frightened, some of them worried about their families, some of them plainly stupid (especially the officers are presented in that way). We see how he dealt with non-sense situations that took place around him, the pompous military rules that he gladly obeyed and how he saw his part in the whole military machine. Despite the fact that Milligan is a comedy icon and had great talent for creating irrational comedy situations Downfall 1972 war movie' title='Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall 1972 war movie'>Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall is not one of his better works. Even though the creators have assembled great cast of comedy actors the movie is hardly a masterpiece, more like curiosity or just bunch of war time anecdotes. Still it is worth a look - even to learn where Milligan got his inspirations at the beginning of his career.
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Spike Milligan legacy
Spike Milligan was an icon of absurd comedy, he became legend as co-creator (together with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe) of The Goon Show radio comedy show in 1950s. The Goon Show was inspiration for further generations of British comedians, including other legends of comedy - the Monty Python’s Flying Circus members.