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September 8th, 2006

(no subject) @ 10:27 am


Turner Classic Movies was playing the original The Producers with Gene Wilder, Zero Mostel, Christopher Hewitt, Kenneth Mars, etc. last night. When I heard the line that acts as the subname of this journal, I realized that I had it backwards. I've corrected it. It's still a great line.
 
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From:bayarts
Date:September 10th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)

It *is* a great line.

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That original was one of the funniest films I have ever seen. Didn't bother to see the re-make. Did you?
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From:john_holton
Date:September 11th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)

Re: It *is* a great line.

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Yes, I did. The remake was OK, but not anywhere near as good as the original. The remake was a film of the Broadway show that was inspired by the original film. Things that were hinted at in the original film (e.g. Roger DeBris' sexual orientation) were enunciated in the remake. Will Ferrell, who is one of the funniest guys around, played the Franz Liebkind character, and was much more over-the-top than Kenneth Mars, who was hilarious. There were some moments of brilliance in the new film, but too much had changed over the years: Dick Shawn's part would have seemed dated if they did it the same way in the new version, and really should stand as a testament to the times. It's not bad; Mel Brooks is still the mind behind it, so it's still good. I'm just not as fond of this one.

Chief Jack's Galley

There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...