A stylish, frantic fable and one of director Mel Brookss 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, has finally adjusted to life under the commissars in Russia. But when both he and the local priest, Father Fyodor, find out that a fortune in the counts family jewels is hidden in a chairs 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 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 humour liberally. There is a human side to this film, too, just as there was with Zero Mostels character, Max Bialystock, in The Producers, in the form of Moodys Vorobyaninov. Based on a Russian novel, The Twelve Chairs marries neurotic humor and cultural dilemmas in the same vein as Woody Allen films in later years.
Release Date: 26 December 2005
Certificate: U - Universal - Suitable for all
Running Time: 89 minutes
Production Year: 1970
Main Language: English