‘The Producers’ in New York series

Mar 18, 2017
Zero Mostel, left, and Gene Wilder star in Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” filmed on many a New York City location including the top of the Empire State Building.

Belfast — New York City in the 1960s is the theme for March in Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix film series. All the screenings are free and take place at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

Up next, on March 24, is “The Producers” (1967, USA). Producer Max Bialystock, formerly the toast of Broadway, has been reduced to wooing rich old ladies (“angels”) in exchange for them financing his next play. But after meeting with his accountant, Max realizes that he can make more money with a flop than a hit by overselling shares — and then avoid payouts to investors.

The two men, played by Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, produce the most distasteful play they can find, “Springtime for Hitler.” It’s supposed to close after one night … but the production so campy that the audience falls head over heels. Now what? The directorial debut of Mel Brooks, “The Producers” won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and was made into a popular Broadway musical decades later (which itself was made into a film).

The New York City in the 1960s series concludes March 31, “Midnight Cowboy” (1969, USA).

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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