Written by Gary Miller
After a tragedy there is a sense that laughter cannot come back. There is a sense that laughter is dead, Mark Twain famously quipped that, “humor is tragedy plus time.” An interesting bit of cultural study on the subject of humor can be found in the German cinema as of late.
Who says Germans don’t have a sense of humor?
“Germans should be able to laugh at Hitler, rather than viewing him as a monster, because that relieves him of responsibility for his deeds and diverts attention from his guilt for the Holocaust,” director David Wnendt told The Guardian. “But it should be the type of laugh that catches in your throat and you’re almost ashamed when you realise what you’re doing.”