Saturday, January 5, 2013
On THE TWELVE CHAIRS
The Twelve Chairs -- stolen in 1970 by Dom DeLuise. If you're up for a little comedy over the weekend, try this overlooked romp written and directed by Mel Brooks. This movie was my introduction to Brooks, the filmmaker. It played at a campus revival movie theater when I was in college. Dom DeLuise had me doing the DTST (Danny Thomas Spit Take) with my soda within the first five minutes of the picture. Only two directors richly utilized his comedy skills on film -- Burt Reynolds, director and star of The End with DeLuise, and Mel Brooks who has a bit part in The Twelve Chairs. I vividly recall how much all of us college kids in that audience loved Dom DeLuise as the greedy Russian priest. He's like the 1950s Daffy Duck in a 1920s Eastern Europe.