The Producers 05/18/21
Accept no substitutes! Reviewer Charlie Largent dares approach the tasteless comedy about utter tastelessness, which is probably more ‘problematic’ (that word is problematic) in 2021 than it was in 1968 … when it was the height of hilarity. Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder show farceurs how it’s done, in a hail of Jewish jokes, gay jokes, Nazi jokes, Hitler jokes, bimbo secretary jokes … is Mel Brooks made of teflon, or what? Kino’s special edition is ‘oversubscribed’ with extras: okay Michael Schlesinger, we’re counting on YOUR commentary to say 10 original things about this landmark comedy. With Dick Shawn, Kenneth Mars, Estelle Winwood and several other fine actors not afraid of having their careers terminated by that cultural maniac Brooks. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.