“Holding-out films.” Carry-on films in England. Late-WWII Nazi propaganda films that encouraged people to keep struggling in the face of Nazi-imposed adversities. Most have been rightfully tossed on the rubbish heap of history; one is still watched and is a feel-good equivalent of The Wizard of Oz. 1944’s Die Feuerzangenbowle, named after a hot schnapps punch prepared by setting beet sugar afire. Heinz Rühmann and some old friends are drinking punch and make a wager that they can go back to high school and enjoy schoolboy pranks.

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