Wonderfully funny and daring. As Brooks says in the extras: "When you go up to the bell, ring it, or don’t go up to the bell." Watch the extras for info on how it got made and how Peter Sellers helped the film promo.
The lunatic original, released in 1968 and starring the wonderful and uniquely appealing Gene Wilder as the hapless Leo Bloom, a wide-eyed, innocent accountant who falls under the spell of manic father figure Max Bialystock, played with gusto by the manic Zero Mostel. A wacky gem of a movie that in its day offended a lot of bewildered, and apparently humorless, people. See it if you haven't already and if you have, see it again!
Before the Broadway musical, there was this movie, written and directed by Mel Brooks, and starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. It is hysterical, one of the funniest movies ever made, and one of my favorite movies of all time! The screenplay, for which Brooks won an Oscar, is brilliant, and the cast is superb! Brooks is a demented genius! (Is that a redundancy?)
I was in the room when my brother brought out the movie "The Producers". I thought of what the heck lets take it easy and watch a flick. Before I knew it we were all laughing so hard we were encouraging others to come into the room to see it with us. You don't want to miss "The Producers".
Mel Brooks has been writing and directing movies for over 50 years. What started all this success is the full length movie "The Producers". Up to that point Mel Brooks did writing and acting of sketches on the Steve Allen Show. He also made a short movie titled "The Critic". Then he made the classic satire "The Producers" staring two unlikely stars. They were Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. The two are trying to fleece old maids of their money by fancying up to them to invest in a musical. I won't give you any more plot details. I don't want to ruin this for you. Yes, there was a remake of "The Producers" with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. This was first a stage play and then made into the movie. The two movies are different because the second is more a musical and the first is more a comedy. I like the comedy better than the music. Don't wait to hear the greatest hits from the musical "The Producers". I noted that the classic "The Producers" has a one star rating. I think these are patrons confused that this is the musical remake of the original classic. A good comparison would be to check out this DVD on the 1967 original "The Producers". Then check out the remake and see the difference for yourself. I would love to restore the original classic to the Five Stars to so deeply deserves. You could help me leaving your reaction to the movie here on the KCLS web site. Thanks!!
PS I am sorry to see that KCLS only has one copy of the original "The Producers". It is not even checked out, so this is a classic sleeping on a library shelf. I encourage you to see it for yourself.
Given the reputation which preceded its final arrival at my eye-balls, this was a bit of a disappointment. I hasten to say it was still "good", just not the incredible laugh-fest one expected. Good, yes. Funny, yes. Worth seeing, yes. One of the top five comedies ever made, possibly but not guaranteed. It may improve with a viewing in a crowd. Given this was Brooks' first directing gig, it's impressive; but it suffers from slightly un-even editing. Lee Meredith is not someone I would have thought "hubba-hubba!!" about before now, but I'm glad my view was changed.
Now I wish to see the film adaptation of the stage musical (having not seen the intermediary iteration of this tale).
Uneven black comedy. Fans of Mel Brooks's other films will enjoy it.
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