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Te'alat Blaumilch (1969)

 -  Comedy  -  10 November 1970 (USA)
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A slapstick comedy lampooning bureaucracy and the madness of everyday life in Israel centers on an escaped lunatic who digs up the streets of Tel-Aviv with a drill.

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Credited cast:
Bomba Tzur ...
Blaumilch
Nissim Azikri ...
Yehezkel Ziegler
Shraga Friedman ...
Dr. Avigdor Kooiybishevsky
Avner Hizkiyahu ...
Menahem Ze'ev Zuckerman
Oded Teomi ...
Dentist
Rina Ganor ...
Seine Frau
Zaharira Harifai ...
Fürsorgerin
Miriam Gavrieli ...
Deborah Zuckerman
Aviva Paz ...
Secretary
Gideon Singer ...
Police Chief Akiva Levkowicz
Mosko Alkalai ...
Zelig Schultheiss
Albert Cohen ...
Dr. Gilad
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabi Amrani ...
Police Officer
Yona Atlas
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A madman escapes from the asylum in Tel-Aviv, and starts digging a canal right in the middle of one of the main streets. Due to the bureaucratic mess in the city administration, not only does nobody try to stop him, he actually receives the help of the police, the city engineer, etc. The one city clerk who finds out what is really going on is, of course, declared insane... Written by Yuval Kfir <yuval@valor.com>

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The character of the incompetent police officer (played by Shaike Ophir) was expanded to the protagonist in another film of Ephraim Kishon - The Policeman (1971) (its Hebrew title - "The Policeman Azoulay"). See more »

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Composed by Noam Sheriff
Performed by Edna Goren
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The best Israeli movie of all time
26 February 1999 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

In a country where any halfway decent local movies can be counted on the fingers of one hand, this comedy is definitely one to watch; in my opinion, one of the funniest, most clever movies ever. Ephraim Kishon, one of Israel's (and Europe's) most popular writers, wrote this movie (originally as a sketch) when the noise from construction work in the street below got on his nerves. Ever the self-centered type, he asked himself whether the construction workers were really there for a reason, or just a bunch of freaks whose only perpose in life is to disturb his sleep.

This simple idea eventually led to a hilarious satire of administration gone berserk. Bomba Tzur plays Blaumilch, a madman who's obsessed with digging. He escapes from an asylum early one morning, steals a pneumatic drill and starts digging up one of Tel-Aviv's busiest streets! Within hours, downtown Tel Aviv is reduced to a gigantic traffic jam, the local residents go insane, and Mr. Blaumilch is having the time of his life. But when the officials of the Tel Aviv municipality get wind of this, no one (including the runty mayor) knows who to give credit for this unexpected project; nearsighted bureaucrats secretly blame each other for it. In the confusion, nobody thinks to check what started the whole thing, except our hero Ziegler, which obviously nobody believes, even when he eventually discovers the truth. Eventually, city hall sends in reinforcements (bulldozers and heavy machinery) and the dig becomes a monstrous excavation, which can only lead to disaster. Or perhaps not... This movie is terrific. Very well directed, shot, scored, cast and acted, by a who's who of Israel's best comic actors of the time. Director Kishon throws in some very clever set-pieces. Excellent 60's atmosphere, too. A winner. Not to be missed.


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