Songs from Movies

Schtonk! (1992)

Schtonk! is a farce of the actual events of 1983, when Germany's Stern magazine published, with great fanfare, 60 volumes of the alleged diaries of Adolf Hitler – which two weeks later turned out to be entirely fake. Fritz Knobel (based on real-life forger Konrad Kujau) supports himself by faking and selling Nazi memorabilia. When Knobel writes and sells a volume of Hitler's (nonexistent) diaries, he thinks it's just another job. When sleazy journalist Hermann Willié learns of the diaries, however, he quickly realizes their potential value... and Knobel is quickly in over his head. As the pressure builds and Knobel is forced to deliver more and more volumes of the fake diaries, he finds himself acting increasingly like the man whose life he is rewriting. The film is a romping and hilarious satire, poking fun not only at the events and characters involved in the hoax (who are only thinly disguised in the film), but at the discomfort Germany has with its difficult past.

The movie Schtonk!, released in 1992, features 8 songs from artists like Zarah Leander, the New Philharmonic Orchestra London, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Wiener Philharmoniker and Chor der Wiener Staatsoper. What is your favorite song from Schtonk!?


Songs from Schtonk!

Davon geht die Welt nicht unter
Zarah Leander
Prologue 1st Act from Lohengrin
the New Philharmonic Orchestra London
Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Bride's Chorus from Lohengrin
Wiener Philharmoniker and Chor der Wiener Staatsoper
Badenweiler Marsch
Ich weiss es wird einmal ein Wunder geschehen
Zarah Leander
Er heisst Waldemar
Zarah Leander
Das gibt's nur einmal (from the movie Der Kongress tanzt)
Lilian Harvey

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