Volume 17, Issue 1
Image: Sony Pictures
Starring: Nathan Lane, Matthew Borderick and Uma Thurman. Directed by Susan Stroman. Rated M. 134 mins.
IN 1968, MEL BROOKS WON A surprising Oscar for his screenplay, The Producers, a potentially controversial comedy which ran the risk of bad taste (and won) and of upsetting Jewish and other sensibilities about Hitler and World War II. But Brooks, taking a cue from Chaplin’s mockery of his look-alike, Hitler, in The Great Dictator, has always thought that one of the most effective ways of attacking is by satire and mockery – making a fool of Hitler. So, not only did The Producers pay off, it moved Brooks from a TV writer and performer to a screen director and actor for almost three decades.