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Comedian Harmonists

Comedian Harmonists

The Harmonists

115 minutes

DVD in German and French with English subtitles.

German Lesson Plan

Introduction: Introduce your students to the captivating and inspiring story of "Comedian Harmonists" with our comprehensive German lesson plan. Directed by Joseph Vilsmaier, this film explores themes of friendship, resilience, and the impact of political change, making it an excellent tool for language learning and cultural understanding.

Film Summary: "Comedian Harmonists" tells the entertaining and critically acclaimed story of Harry, a struggling but highly imaginative funnyman, who forms a singing group with an unusual group of friends. "The Harmonists" become an overnight sensation in prewar Germany. However, their success soon collides with the nation’s changing political tide, forcing the group to face unprecedented challenges that test their wills and loyalty.

Additional Details: Released in 1997, "Comedian Harmonists" stars Ben Becker, Heino Ferch, and Ulrich Noethen. The film received widespread acclaim and numerous awards, including the German Film Award for Best Feature Film. The DVD includes German and French audio with English subtitles, making it a valuable resource for language learners.

Suggested Dates for Classroom Use:

  • January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day, discussing the film’s historical context
  • March 13: Anniversary of the Anschluss, exploring the political changes in prewar Germany
  • April 30: International Jazz Day, celebrating the musical achievements of "The Harmonists"
  • October 3: German Unity Day, reflecting on themes of national identity and resilience

Conclusion: Using "Comedian Harmonists" in your classroom enhances language skills while providing deep insights into themes of friendship, resilience, and historical change. This lesson plan includes structured activities, discussion questions, and cultural notes to enrich the learning experience. Created for teachers, by teachers, our comprehensive lesson plans ensure you have all the resources needed for an engaging and educational classroom experience. IMDB

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Director: Joseph Vilsmaier

Cast: Ben Becker, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Noethen

Audio: DVD in German and French with English subtitles.

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