Cinema: Hoedown in Vienna

THE GREAT WALTZ

Directed by ANDREW L. STONE

Screenplay by ANDREW L. STONE

In Mel Brooks' delirious comedy The Producers, two shysters raise far more backing than necessary, then mount the worst musical play they can find, hoping to abscond after a disastrous opening (and closing) night with their pockets full of unspent production money. For their sure-fire disaster, they chose a project called Springtime for Hitler. Had the script of The Great Waltz been available, it might have served just as well.

"This is a factual portrayal," the opening credits claim "concerning the...

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