Twelve Chairs (1970)
A Mel Brooks Film.
|A mel brooks jem about an impoverished russian nobleman trying to find the family jewels that were hidden away in one of 12 chairs that have now been scattered.|
Editor's NoteA stylish, frantic fable and one of director Mel Brooks's earliest films, THE TWELVE CHAIRS is a madcap mystery set in revolutionary Russia. An aging ex-nobleman of the czarist regime, Count I.M. Vorobyaninov (Ron Moody), has finally adjusted to life under the commissars in Russia. But when both he and the local priest, Father Fyodor (Dom DeLuise), find out that a fortune in the count's family jewels is hidden in a chair's upholstery--the chair being one of a set of 12--they each separately return to Moscow to find the hidden fortune. Along the way, the count enlists the aid of a thief (Frank Langella) in the hilarious treasure hunt. Closer in style to THE PRODUCERS than many of Brooks' other spoofs, THE TWELVE CHAIRS is an overlooked comedy gem. DeLuise gives an uproarious performance in which he employs slapstick and physical humor liberally. There is a human side to this film, too, just as there was with Zero Mostel's character, Max Bialystock, in THE PRODUCERS, in the form of Moody's Vorobyaninov. Based on a Russian novel, THE TWELVE CHAIRS marries neurotic humor and cultural dilemmas in the same vein as|classic Woody Allen films in later years.
Cast & Crew
|Alan Heim - Editor|
|Djordje Nikolic - Cinematographer|
|John Morris - Original Music By|
|Mel Brooks - Director|
|Mel Brooks, et. al. - Screenplay|
|Michael Hertzberg - Producer|
|"Mel Brooks, et. al." - Screenplay|
Plot SummaryA once-wealthy man discovers that his late mother-in-law stashed all her family jewels inside one of the 12 chairs from her dining room set. Resentful of having to work as a clerk after being impoverished by the Russian Revolution, Vorobyaninov sets out to reclaim his family fortune and his social standing. Unfortunately, he's not the only one on the lookout for the precious gems: Both the priest who hears the mother-in-law's confession and an opportunistic adventurer want their share of the booty. What follows is a hilarious search for the dining room set, which has been sold piecemeal and scattered all over the country.