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The one aspect of the original Producers that still stuns is the roaring, over-the-top, in-your-face thereness of its two lead performances.
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Some of it is shoddy and gross and cruel; the rest is funny in an entirely unexpected way.
Everything that can go wrong in an amateur film does go wrong, from the timing to the structure to the pitch of the performances.
The Producers has many things going for it -- notably a wild, ad-lib energy that explodes in a series of sight gags and punch lines.
Brooks' first feature, an absolutely hilarious and tasteless New York Jewish comedy about Broadway.
Mel Brooks has turned a funny idea into a slapstick film, thanks to the performers, particularly Zero Mostel.
Brooks's magnum opus is still a ferocious gale of bulldozing Jewish mockery, dominated by Zero Mostel's comb-over juggernaut.