Goodbye, "Goodbye Lenin"

Another one for the Only in Venezuela files: days ago, the two main pillars of the State Propaganda Apparatus started broadcasting what they thought was a propaganda film.

After half an hour, they yanked it off the air with no explanation, as the idea that Goodbye Lenin isn’t actually a pro-communist film sloooowly dawned on their propaganda-addled brains.

A painful episode, yes, but also a lovely excuse to link to this unforgettable scene from what remains a tremendous movie:


As I think of it, the really tragic bit is that if VTV had played the film through to the end, more than a few of chavistas would’ve happily believed, along with the mom in the film, that it was West Germany that collapsed…