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Movie Review – The Producers (1968)

What if it paid to be a failure?

What if you could get away with it, too?

That’s the premise behind today’s movie review, the 1968 classic comedy film, The Producers.

Written and directed by comedic legend Mel Brooks, The Producers tells a tale of a failing Broadway producer who, with the help of his account, figures out a way to scam investors by creating a show that’s bound to fail on opening night.  The only problem is that the play that they think will fail miserable, instead turns out to be a smash hit.  Can the two producers scramble and find a way to pay back their investors, or will they be sent to prison for their crimes?

The Producers (1968) - movie poster

The Producers (1968) – movie poster

As it was mentioned, The Producers was both written and directed by Mel Brooks.  This was the first film that he directed.  Starring in The Producers is Zero Mostel in the role of failed Broadway producer Max Bialystock.  Co-starring in the film are Gene Wilder as accountant Leopold Bloom, and Dick Shawn as Lorenzo St. DuBois.

The Producers (1968) - (c) Embassy Pictures

The Producers (1968) – (c) Embassy Pictures

The Producers begins with aging and washed out Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) womanizing wealthy old ladies and trying to swindle money out of them.  Although Max has found success in the past, these days he’s down on his luck, miserable, and he’s also behind on his rent.

One day Max is visited by his accountant, Leopold “Leo” Bloom (Gene Wilder), to go through his books and put his money in order.  Leo soon discovers that there is an overcharge of $2,000 from Max’s last play.  He had raised more money than he could repay by accidentally selling more than 100% of the shares.  This is a small oversight and Leo is able to disguise the $2,000 in other parts of Max’s business.  Leo makes a comment that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) isn’t interested in a show that flops. Read more…


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Movie Review – History of the World, Part 1 (1981)

Remember all of those boring history lessons from your social studies and geography classes back in school?

Wouldn’t it be fun to sit back and poke some fun at those past events, shedding some light on some darker events just for a few laughs?

History of the World, Part 1 (1981) - movie poster

That’s exactly the premise in comedic legend Mel Brooks’s classic film, History of the World, Part 1.  This film takes a look at a few time periods from the Dawn of Man to the Roman empire and the French Revolution, and shows us that history can be rather hilarious even in some of our darker times as a society.

History of the World, Part 1 is a 1981 film written, directed and produced by Mel Brooks, one of the greatest when it comes to poking fun at other films and events.  Not only behind the camera, but Mel Brooks also stars as five different characters throughout the film, even playing a dual role during the French Revolution.  History of the World, Part 1 also stars Dom DeLuise as Emperor Nero, Madeline Kahn as Empress Nympho, Harvey Korman as Count de Monet, and Cloris Leachman as Madame Defarge.  The film is narrated by Orson Wells.  Along the way you may see other famous faces such as Mary-Margaret Humes, Ron Carey, Gregory Hines, Sid Caesar, Bea Arthur, Hugh Hefner and John Hurt.

History of the World, Part 1 (1981) - It's the Dawn of Man.

History of the World, Part 1 (1981) – (c) 20th Century Fox

History of the World, Part 1 begins with the Dawn of Man.  In a parody of the opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey, we see apes stand upright and begin to move around like Homo sapiens.  Of course, this is a Mel Brooks film, so the apes don’t just move around like regular people.  They all furiously masturbate and then collapse to the ground once they’re finished. Read more…

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