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- Dashiell B.
Brooks debut is a gem, surprisingly more dangerous than his latter works, but nonetheless funny. Mostel is a joy as a broke Broadway producer who with the aid of his accountant, Wilder in an Oscar-nominated performance, plan to get rich off a Broadway flop entitled "Springtime for Hitler." Brooks won an Oscar for writing this original and almost always-funny story, where the jokes are both subtle and in your face. A comedy masterpiece that gets better after repeated viewings. I give it a 4.5/5.
I love this movie. I remember when it first came out. One of my friends from H.S. could talk of nothing else. This guy was very intellectual and could really spot a hit. I, however, was not amused and did not like Mel Brooks. Now that I am older, I have a new admiration for all of his movies. Zero Mostel is wonderful as is Gene Wilder. I love the Campbell's soup can around Dick Shawn's neck. Look for the details and you may see some very funny clues to the 60's. I think Mel was always ahead of his time and I believe it takes a real mature sense of humor to appreciate how he sees the world. The characters are so original and entertaining. I hope everyone looks at this movie the same way I do. It is a lark.
Brook's masterpiece. Well, his best movie. Wilder was excellent as a neurotic accountant and Zero's performance was wonderfully over-the-top. Speaking of over the top, look at Zero's comb-over, his back-hair is involved. No matter, they were a great team. But, for my money, Dick Shawn stole the show. During his audition, he morphs from a Flower-Child-Hippy type into a late seventies style angry Punk Rocker. "Hey man, you stink!". Also, remember this movie ushered in the expression "Achtung Baby" and contains the first recorded movie High-Five. It is also nice to see NYC back in the late sixties. Alas, it does makes me nostalgic for my youth.
The Producers (1968)
- Mr. Blandings
Starts out promising, with a manic performance by the great Gene Wilder, but after that it degrades into the usual Brooksian mess. As you might tell, I'm not a fan of Mel Brooks (or Mostel) as a rule - Gene Wilder is often the saving grace in any of his movies - but if you are a fan then you'll probably like this one.
The definition of irony
This movie defines irony. It is about a couple of unscrupulous producers Mostel & Wilder,who sell too many shares to investors in a play. Their only way out is to produce a Broadway musical that is so bad it is guaranteed to flop. Well, guess what? In the ultimate irony, this movie is also one of the worst movies ever made! The only reason it had any success was that it made fun of Hitler, and most of America was still wounded from WWII. The musical numbers are truly atrocious, led by "Springtime for Hitler", where he is portrayed as a homosexual. Mostel does not belong on screen. As a ham actor, he puts even Richard Burton to shame. Wilder's performance is so schizophrenic that he looks on the verge of a drug-induced breakdown.
Did Mel Brooks Really Get It From Ayn Rand?
- Irving Berger
Mel Brooks' idea in this is that by oversubscribing a production destined to flop the producers stand to make a killing. The same concept appears in Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead", at pages 507-12 of the Signet paperback edition, where the developers of a housing development hire the architect hero of the novel to design the development after oversubscribing it, confident that their choice of the architect (among other things) will lead to its failure. Of course, our hero does such a great job that it sells out, leading to the exposure of the crooked developers.