|THE PRODUCERS (1968)|
|"How could this happen? I was so careful. I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?"|
|Time: 88 mins.|
Won Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Wilder).
|CAPSULE REVIEW I'm not sure why it took me so long to actually watch this film, but I'm so glad I did. I haven't laughed so hard in ages. Who knew Mel Brooks could be so funny? I know comedies are his forté, however, the only other film of his to compare to the genius of this flick is YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. This is an in-your-face farce that grabs hold of your funny bone from the first frame and refuses to let go. It's over-the-top silliness is so infectious you root for the two leads, played brilliantly by Mostel and Wilder, to fail miserably. Unfortunately, these two screw-ups, whose plan is too make money by producing the worst Broadway show ever, can't even do that right. This is without a doubt Wilder's funniest performance ever. The show they produce, "Springtime for Hitler," is too hysterical for words. Mainly because it's beyond offensive. The key to the film is the relationship between Mostel and Wilder, who play off each other beautifully. Their first meeting where Mostel's character practically gives Wilder a nervous breakdown is one of the funniest I have ever seen. They aren't the nicest of guys, but you can't help liking them anyway. Though the film has some very silly moments, it's more demented and clever than most of Brooks' other films, which is a tone I greatly prefer. A must-see comedy classic.|