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Based on the true story of the Hitler diary hoax
Based on a true story, this uproarious farce dramatizes the making of a modern-day publishing fiasco. Emmy® nominee Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean) stars as Gerd "The Bloodhound" Heidemann, a German reporter who sniffs out a scoop that will revive his stalled career: the lost diaries of Adolf Hitler. Gerd manages to convince Stern magazine to pony up millions for the documents, not knowing that a small-time forger (Alexei Sayle, The Young Ones) keeps churning them out from a shop in Stuttgart. The scheme hoodwinks eminent historians, Newsweek magazine, and even Rupert Murdoch--until the truth leaves everyone pointing fingers in fury.
With a pitch-perfect ensemble cast that includes Barry Humphries (Dame Edna), Alison Doody (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), Tom Baker (Doctor Who), and Alan Bennett (Beyond the Fringe), Selling Hitler mercilessly lays bare the greed, self-delusion, and stupidity behind 20th-century journalism’s most shocking scandal.
This story was so weird and unreal that I couldn't believe it, so after watching part of it I stopped and looked it up on the Internet. (The library even filed it under 'Fiction. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Loyd E. Eskildson
Dramatized renditions of true past events are often very intriguing, and this was no exception. Jonathan Pryce was excellent as a hero-worshiping dupe who fell for a... Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Robert D. Woods
Konrad "Connie" Fischer (Alexei Sayle), a.k.a. Konrad Kujau, was a con man who knew his mark. A "con man" or "confidence man" is a sophisticated cheat who uses fraud to deceive a... Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by classicalsteve