the producers...en route to Frankfurt
i've added another category to this blog called "united airlines" simply because i fly them a lot, and i encounter a lot of funny stuff whilst doing so. i want to start documenting such aforementioned funny stuff.
the first being, on my recent trip to milan, i flew through frankfurt on united...from chicago it's really the only way to go. it was the usual mix of americans and germans, stars, stripes, and um-pa-pas.
one of the movies everyone (including me) was watching was "the producers" - the movie version of the nathan lane/matthew broderick broadway show, the storyline which goes like this...
nathan lane plays a aging, womanizing (!), over-the-hill broadway producer and matthew broderick plays his accountant. the matthew broderick character notices that the nathan lane character only makes money when his shows close quickly, so they quickly scheme to get some investment (from bagging little old ladies) and then close the show by picking the worst script they can find.
this script is a play called "springtime for hitler" where the furher himself is portrayed as a limp-wristed, flaming showtunes-loving guy who swishes in front of dancers forming a swastika college football marching band style - but of course the play is a hit, and hilarity ensues.
now as many of you may or may not know...in germany these days, any nazi symbols or other references are strictly <i>verboten</i> - you can't even play such videogame favorites as "castle wolfenstein" or "return to castle wolfenstein" because of the nazi banners that hang on the walls.
at any rate...i'm watching this thinking...."did the person at united who chose this film for a flight from ORD-FRA know what they were doing? is this an elbow to someone's side, or pure ignorance? do the germans who are watching this understand it is all toungue-in-cheek?"
at any rate, i got a good chuckle out of that. i might have even peed a little.