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A Little-Known Comedy Masterpiece
- Hal Warren
In this race for hidden Russian family jewels, an aristocrat and a former servant follow a trail of scattered chairs where the jewelry was hidden during the Russian Revolution, all over the Soviet Union of the 1920's. The characters are real people, no stereotypes, but the humor could only be imagined by Mel Brooks. To me this is one of his better movies. The stars are great, but Dom DeLuise has a wonderful supporting role.
all kinds of funny
In a fascinating bit of scheduling TCM just showed The Great Race immediately after The Twelve Chairs. Chairs moved; Race plopped, instead of the reverse. Both are picaresque. Each is by a top comic director: Blake Edwards for Race and Mel Brooks for Chairs. Race is bedecked, bejeweled and anything but bedazzling. It is the epitome of more is less: stars, scenery, costumes, extravaganzas, derring-do, froth, frills and thrills, all about assay is this where the expression 'lead balloon' came from?Actually, it is a little appalling and definitely sad to see all this struggle and excess amount to nothing, to sit and watch it all fall flat. It is like those extreme pastry confections that look great and taste like cardboard.Chairs, on the other hand has variations galore, good acting, wonderful timing and pacing, actual writing. Some scenes are slapstick, but seldom outlive their humorousness. Then there is funny writing, different styles of wit (Dom DeLuise and Frank Langella???) and genuinely dramatic scenes acted by old pros who can provide pathos AND humor. These are not movie stars cavorting on the edge of desperation. Chairs 5, Race 2
The Twelve Chairs
The rediscovered masterpiece from Director Brooks. Moody joins Langella, in his debut that won him a National Board of Review honour, to find a fortune hidden in one of the former's displaced chairs before DeLuise does. The movie is not only funny, which it is; but also poignant, cynical and human. A film which shows Brooks at his comedic best while showing his growing maturation. I give it a 4.5/5.
Why doesn't TCM ever show this movie?
It has been years since I last saw "The Twelve Chairs" and I remember how funny it was when I did see it. I just don't understand why it's never shown on TCM ??? It is by far, one of the most hilarious movies that Mel Brooks has ever made and I'm always hoping that it will someday be put on the TCM lineup for all to enjoy but it never is. I have been a TCM fan almost since the beginning and every time I put my Television on, I always go by TCM to see what is on and view the schedule for the day. Me and my wife keep in close touch with this great channel and often plan our nights around it. We both wish that this will somehow get to any one of the two TCM host and they will think of putting this wonderful Mel Brooks movie " The Twelve Chairs " on the shows viewing list for that day. We have our fingers crossed and are hoping very much that it will be on real,real soon. Thanks
The Twelve Chairs
In my opinion, the finest of Mel Brook's movies.Inteliigent, hilarious and a marvelous cast.WHY is it rarely ever seen on TCM?And,if you can, can you tell when (and if) it will EVER be seen?Thanks: jimdand