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The Twelve Chairs

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In Brief: The Twelve Chairs — based on a 1928 Russian novel — had seen service quite a few times when Mel Brooks made his version of it in 1970, the most famous being the 1945 Fred Allen film It’s in the Bag. Oddly, the Brooks version is a lot tamer than the Fred Allen version (one of the oddest films of the 1940s), and, in fact, is probably the closest Brooks ever came to making a “normal” film. That may also be why it’s largely ignored today — sandwiched between the classic The Producers and the brazenly outrageous Blazing SaddlesThis excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on July 6, 2006.
Score:
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Genre: Comedy
Director: Mel Brooks
Starring: Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise, Andreas Voutsinas, Diana Coupland
Rated: PG

The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Twelve Chairs on Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

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About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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