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  1. What’s with the duel at the beginning? Is that considered “unmistakibly German” and why?

    If anything, I would have associated excessive duelling with English rural nobility.

      • Hm, I forgot about the Burschenschaften. That could be it.

        Stil, I’m mildly surprised a French company would expect the average Anglopone, at whom the advert is directed, ever to have heard of German Burschenschaften and their customs.

        • If they did, I’d have used an English term for them. But ‘fraternity’ just doesn’t have those associations.
          I do think there were plenty of duels in Germany, and I think the British rural nobility, whoever they are, are more interested in killing helpless animals than knifing each other. Still, I agree that duelling is not the first thing one would think of as typically German.
          What I think is that they wanted to merge various elements, using the outside scene, the castle, the main character, and in this case a hunting hat with a feather on it (I didn’t think this scene was too witty). They did something similar when they merged some garden gnomes into the scene. Now, I think garden gnomes were invented in Germany, but I don’t think you’d find many people in the UK who see them as typically German. They are normally regarded as typically British!
          Maybe there were too many French people involved in making the ad.

          • As far as I know Flashman only duelled in Germany, and George MacDonald Fraser knew his stuff. I think it was a neo-medieval custom tied to romanticism and the growth of nationalism. [url=http://books.google.com/books?id=VuURAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA71]Link[/url] is interesting and there’s much more

          • Very interesting. That also explains why the French would think of the Germans like that.

            I liked ‘It is well enough to pink one another, to inflict here and there a scratch, – but to hack each other, to cut each other in two, out upon the thought!’ – Is that pink as in pinking shears, where you cut a zigzag line with one cut?

          • Yes, it does refer to cutting (I think it must be related to pauken too) – I was just wondering about the relation to the shears.

    • [url=http://www.obersalzberg.de/cms_e/content/home/]Obersalzberg Documentation[/url]

      Mountains, stone/concrete eagle, note also the GAP car number plate (Garmisch Partenkirchen).

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