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To Be or Not to Be
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- Character Profiles and Interviews with Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning
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Having not seen the original, I think I will have to now. Mel is surely one of the greatest American comedians, and I also agree with other reviewers here that he displays his acting skills more strongly than in other films. There is, BTW, no raunchy humor here, and some of the best slapstick I've seen for a while. From the first moment, Mel and the stunning Anne Bancroft as well as all supporting roles are well done and tasteful. Any references to or portrayal of homosexuality are well done and not lewd or offensive.
Because as you may well know, Bronski, played by Brooks, is a director determined to rescue family and friends from his theatre from certain death in the Nazi occupation, and at one point says, "without Jews, gypsies and qu66rs, there would be no theatre. [paraphrased, but very close]" I imagine this film is the inspiration of the 90s synth-pop band choosing the name "Bronski Beat." In this film one of Bronski's gay employees is forced to wear the imfamous pink triangle, and it is remarkable that Mel should portray that historical fact in this film.
But that is just a side-note, as the film is larger than that one issue, and Mel's taking on such a serious drama armed with slapstick, and one absolutely gorgeous co-star, is testimony to the power of humor, (And Anne's beauty) to redeem and enliven, and help us through moments too grim to bear otherwise. And because of that I'd recommend this film strongly. Mel is the man.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
grate film, we have had the honor to meet James Haake, who co-stared in this movie, he is 83 today and is a wonderful human being and one we can call a friend, he is a true artist... Read morePublished 4 months ago by California
Clever, witty and hilarious. Great performance by all of the actors. This is Mel Brooks at his best; they don't make movies like this anymore. Watch it!Published 5 months ago by Azula
I should probably warn people up front that I have odd taste in Mel Brooks movies. I don't love Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles nearly as much as most do. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CHB74
One of the best remakes ever - in some ways surpasses the originalPublished 5 months ago by William F. Verrilli
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