But the cause and effect doesn’t end with the Nazi soldier getting plastered. It also closes the theater curtain. I’m not well versed in the technology of theater curtains, so I don’t know how plausible this is, but in this case, I chose to go for the funny rather than veracity.

And here we get our first glimpses of Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler and Leni Riefenstahl. Something about watching Hitler munching on popcorn while watching a movie strikes me as funny. Might just be me.

And yes, I am consciously homaging one of my favorite movies of the past decade here, Inglourious Basterds. The way that Tarantino crafted his historical fiction is a huge influence on The F├╝hrer And The Tramp. Not just the setting and time period either. I’m more influenced by the way QT shows reverence for the minutia of the era and paradoxically isn’t beholden to the facts. I found that aspect to be exhilarating.

And also, to be honest, there isn’t much supporting evidence that Leni Riefenstahl was infatuated by Hitler. But, it’s more fun this way.