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The Producers (English with French subtitles)
Main screening room
April 8th, 2024
88 min
Mel Brooks, a hilarious wit

Mel Brooks' comedic style is one of exaggeration, irreverence and absurdity. In addition, his caricatures can be ferocious. With him, there are no half-measures! Director, screenwriter, producer and actor, Brooks has also played with cinematic codes, twisting the western (Blazing Saddles), gothic horror film (Young Frankenstein), silent comedy film (Silent Movie), space opera (Spaceballs) and peplum (History of the World, Part 1), to name only a few.

From March 27 to April 21, the Cinémathèque invites you to laugh your head off - because it feels good. And as a bonus: comedians and humorists will be presenting some of the films.

Many thanks to l'école nationale de l'humour for putting us in touch with up-and-coming comedians!

Presented by Benoit Chartier

The Producers
Directed by
Mel Brooks
English with French subtitles
Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn
88 min
Comedy, musical

The career of Broadway producer Max Bialystock is going down and Leo Bloom, an accountant who has come to check his books, quickly realizes it. He reluctantly proposes an idea to help him recover financially: produce an expensive show that will be a flop on its opening night. To do so, the two men decide to stage a musical to the glory of Hitler!

The Producers

Mel Brooks

Melvin Kaminsky, known as Mel Brooks, is an American director, actor, executive producer, screenwriter, composer, and producer, born on June 28, 1926, in New York. He co-directed his first film with Ernest Pintoff: a parody short film about modern art titled The Critic, which won an Academy Award. He then wrote a screenplay based on his experiences with Broadway producers, which became his first feature film as a director: The Producers, which also won an Academy Award. It was there that he met the actor who would become his frequent collaborator in many of his films, Gene Wilder. In 1974, while filming one of his most famous movies, Blazing Saddles, Gene Wilder proposed an original screenplay. This became Young Frankenstein, a parody of the classic 1930s film.


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