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In the movie Inglorious Bastards, when the Bastards officers were playing along with the German colonel and actress Hammersk in the tavern, they had to write differnt character's names on the cards. But, the spies (who were acting as German officers) and the German officer himself wrote in English letteres. This is very unnatural. Anybody would write in his mother tongue unless the friends around him don't understand the language. As they were Geraman, why did they write in Englsih?


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closed as off-topic by KeyBrd Basher, Mistu4u, druciferre, Ankit Sharma, Napoleon Wilson Oct 10 '13 at 8:11

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-1 for no spell-checking. Are you under the impression that German does not use the same Latin script that English does? You can see what German looks like on the German Wikipedia. – coleopterist Oct 10 '13 at 5:58
German can include a few extra letter and diacritics. But it's primarily Latin-based and looks just like English. This also applies for other languages such as Spanish, French, Swedish, Italian, etc. – coleopterist Oct 10 '13 at 6:11
@Mistu4u: Now that you have been enlightened I would guess that the question stands moot. – KeyBrd Basher Oct 10 '13 at 6:31
This question is based on the incorrect premise that the languages German and English have different alphabetical constructors. No relevance to Movies as such. – KeyBrd Basher Oct 10 '13 at 6:34
You also have the option of deleting the question yourself. – coleopterist Oct 10 '13 at 7:23

There was a short period in Germany with Sütterlin or the older Kurrentschrift.

The Sütterlin scripts were introduced in Prussia in 1915, and from the 1920s onwards began to replace the relatively similar old German handwriting (Kurrent) in schools. In 1935 the Sütterlin style officially became the only German script taught in schools.

The Nazi Party banned all "broken" blackletter typefaces in 1941, including Sütterlin, erroneously claiming them to be Jewish. However, many German speakers brought up with this writing system continued to use it well into the post-war period.

But if you would present this in a modern film, most of the audience would not be able to read it (I'm a German, and I can't read Sütterlin).

You could also argue, it is historical correct. The 'normal' latin writing was used for foreign words, so everbody was able to write and read in latin letters. And after 1941 Sütterlin was not used any longer (at least for official use).

For the film: The film makers had the option to select one writing, so they used the one everybody can read. And if the scene is after 1941, then it would be accurate (sorry, I don't know the film, so I can't identify the correct time).

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So you are suggesting though the movie presents the actual German letters, this was an intentional mistake (because Sutterlin was the used alphabet then) so that people can understand it? – Mistu4u Oct 10 '13 at 7:47
I updated my answer a bit. I think they had the option to use both writings, so they used the one everybody can read. And if the scene is after 1941, then it would be accurate. – knut Oct 10 '13 at 7:48
BDW did you finish writing the answer? It seems incomplete! – Mistu4u Oct 10 '13 at 7:50
@Mistu4u done, I wanted to be faster then the closing of the question ;) – knut Oct 10 '13 at 7:52
Editing wouldn't work. I just saw the accident happened in as per the movie in, June 1944. However your wiki link shows Stutterline was banned by Nazis in 1941. – Mistu4u Oct 10 '13 at 8:13

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