Actor Josh Mostel, son of Zero Mostel, and screenwriter Walter Bernstein discussed the film 'The Producers' after its screening in the New York Jewish Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Mel Brooks’s directorial debut stars Zero Mostel as the down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock, who is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts, and Gene Wilder, as his timid accountant Leo Bloom. Together, they hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop, “Springtime for Hitler.” The Producers won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and launched Brooks into a long-standing career as one of America’s greatest entertainers.
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