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http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,505494,00.html

Is this true?

Are you a German? Are you obsessed with the Wild West? Do you live in a teepee?

Only answer if 2 out 3 apply.
 
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Eric "Shippy McShipperson" Mowrer
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I don't know about 'obsessed', but in general, I'd say this is true in my experience. Maybe 'fascinated by' would be more apropriate. I'm not German and my experience is limited. Great topic for debate, though.
 
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Is this true? Yes
Are you German?Yes

I am allowed to answer cool

I grew up with Karl May and Winnetou. Even though none of the films were ever filmed in the States,as a kid I thought that's what America must look like. Man, did I get surprise when I finally arrived @ JFK airport in NYC.

 
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Are you a German?
Yes

Are you obsessed with the Wild West?
No. German people in the 60s/70s were, but nowadays nobody cares about Karl May's Wild West stories any more.

If you look at the people interviewed they are 50+ and probably the last of the Wild West generation.
 
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Jon,
it´s true!!
Winnetou is the german incarnation of a brave but somehow pacifistic native american who fights an already lost battle against evil white intruders. I read these books with a torch under my blanket when I was young. But the real heroe was Old Shatterhand - Winnetous blood brother - a german teacher who came to the USA and rescued everybody and everything... And there was Old Surehand, Aunt Droll, Klekhi Petra, the evil Santer...this brings up memories..
End of the sixties and beginning of the seventies we had a few STILL popular Karl May movies here in Germany (Winnetou, Winnetou2, Winnetou3 - where he died - lots of teardrops, I tellya - Der Schatz im Silbersee, I could go on for hours), well, yes, it´s true!!

edited for spelling...
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And in all these movies Winnetou was played by Pierre Brice - a french actor shake
 
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http://mondo-esoterica.net/links_pages/Karl%20May%20Westerns...

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Just like all Germans wear Lederhosen while drinking Bier out of humongous Steins all day, every American is just like John Wayne. Either that or JR from Dallas. No, wait - the whole country is Baywatch! surprise
 
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I'd love to stay and discuss this but I've got to catch the 3:10 To Yuma.
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Not a German.
As someone who grew up in the USSR though, I will say that we certainly were obsessed with the Old West. Plus most of my friends who did grow up in various parts of Europe did have a fascination with the idea of the West. But that is the case with most Mythology. The Old West is more an idea like the pre-Homeric Greece, with its gods and heroes. The West has its own archetypical figures and iconic beings wandering its sprawling canvas and deviating far from reality. Plus, each generation and culture reinterprets those events to suit its current paradign, with each such transformation taking the events further into the realm of myth. Sure is fun, though. Fun and tarnation.
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Blimus! You live and learn! Stewart Granger starred as Old Surehand. Good grief.

I'd really like to see these films now, they look fascinating.

Cheers,
jon.
 
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EYE of NiGHT wrote:
Is this true?


Yes, although I think it applies more to older people. Case in point, I just checked my bookshelf and found 4 volumes by Karl May my father gave to me (he got them as a boy in 1956). I believe I've read at most one of them.

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Are you a German?


Yes.

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Are you obsessed with the Wild West?


No.

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Do you live in a teepee?


No.

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Only answer if 2 out 3 apply.


Does 2 out of 4 count?

So I gather from your reaction that the Karl May movies never got any international exposure? Too bad. By modern standards, they are horribly cliched and naive, but they do have a certain charme. And a lot of contemporary mainstream cinema isn't any better.

I think I actually have to read those books now. Thanks for reminding me. After all, they are part of my native American German heritage.
 
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Hey! just be glad that they're off from their "World Domination" 'kick', for the time being that is
~those "Sneaks"!
http://www.homestarrunner.com/sneakvideo.html
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Noaceyet wrote:


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I'm not a German... (I likely have some German heritage infused in me somewhere but I've never lived there) but I do like the modernized classic western movies as well...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnlCDMeA-uY
 
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