At long last, Mel Brooks is getting the last laugh as his beloved film-cum-stage musical The Producers has now opened in Berlin.
The New York Times' Michael Kimmelman answers his own questions:
The big question might really be, Can Germans finally give themselves over to laughing at Jews, gay people and just about everybody and anybody else whom Mr. Brooks skewers, turning the tables on (Adolph) Hitler’s own hate list?As someone of German stock, I know how stoic many Germans can be, and having traveled to Berlin countless times over the last 20 years, I appreciate how positively unforgiving they are over Hitler and the Holocaust. So, more than 60 years after those unspeakable crimes against humanity, it's great to see that the Germans are now able to laugh derisively at one of history's most evil men.
Yes, yes, yes, as that other fictional Bloom, married to a different Leopold, more or less once put it.
I'd say that's real progress.
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