The Twelve Chairs (1970)

The Twelve Chairs”  is a film that I saw a couple of years after its production. I remember I laughed a lot back then… Seeing it recently, did not have the same effect on me. It is a comedy alright but with a lot more in it: a lot of irony about the roles and the lives of the people in the Soviet Union as opposed those in the previous political regime.  A solid interesting plot, a very good analysis on the characters, their motives, their beliefs. It made me wonder where Mel Brooks found such an ironic view of the happenings in Soviet Union: he based his screenplay on a translated Russian novel by Ilya Ilf. The same novel was the basis on another film “12 stulyev (1971)” which also means 12 chairs. I wonder if the difference in the rating between the two versions of the same novel is really authentic…

My rating: 06/10

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