Mel Brooks's biography is detailed but pedestrian

The making of The Producers is one of the most interesting parts of Funny Man, Patrick McGilligan’s highly detailed but disappointingly pedestrian new biography of Brooks.

By DANIEL AKST
April 11, 2019 16:14
3 minute read.
Mel Brooks's biography is detailed but pedestrian

MEL BROOKS speaks at an awards ceremony in 2015.. (photo credit: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS)

 
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Comedy, it’s been said, is tragedy plus time. Is there any better evidence of this proposition than The Producers?

Written and directed by Mel Brooks, and overflowing with Jewish talent on both sides of the camera, the 1967 film tells the story of a has-been Broadway producer and his timid accountant, who come up with a clever way to make a killing – as long as they can find a surefire flop.

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