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Te'alat Blaumilch (1969)

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.

Director:

Ephraim Kishon

Writer:

Ephraim Kishon (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bomba Tzur ... Blaumilch
Nissim Azikri ... Yehezkel Ziegler
Shraga Friedman Shraga Friedman ... Dr. Avigdor Kooiybishevsky
Avner Hizkiyahu ... Menahem Ze'ev Zuckerman
Oded Teomi ... Dentist
Rina Ganor ... Seine Frau
Zaharira Harifai ... Fürsorgerin
Miriam Gavrieli Miriam Gavrieli ... Deborah Zuckerman
Abraham Ronai Abraham Ronai ... Mr. Kosla, Asst. to the mayor
Mosko Alkalai ... Zelig Schultheiss
Aviva Paz ... Secretary
Nathan Wolfovich Nathan Wolfovich ... Mayor
Gideon Singer ... Police Chief Akiva Levkowicz
Esther Greenberg ... Mrs. Kalaniot
Albert Cohen ... Dr. Gilad
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Country:

Israel | USA | West Germany

Language:

Hebrew | German

Release Date:

1969 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Dig See more »

Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

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 »

Crazy Credits

In the first credit sequence: "The plot and characters in this film are totally fictional. We Hope..." See more »

Connections

Featured in A History of Israeli Cinema (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Balada La-Ish Ha-Pashut
Composed by Noam Sheriff
Performed by Edna Goren
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An interesting story but the execution was a bit too slapstick for my taste.
5 November 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The idea for this film is great because it's so original. However, the execution could have been better, as sometimes the film is handled a bit too broadly--subtle, it wasn't.

A mental patient escapes and soon happens upon a jackhammer. With a weird compulsion to use it, he begins tearing apart a street in Tel Aviv at 5am. And, the man continues jackhammering and disrupting life there non-stop--day and night. It's a nightmare for the residents who appeal to the government to do something. But, because the government is made up of idiot bureaucrats (now that's a stretch), nothing is done. After all, the officials reason, someone must have ordered this work to be done. Much of the film consists of these officials trying desperately to cover their butts and pretty soon they start taking credit for the mess--saying it's all part of a wonderful beautification project. They even order MORE workers to expand the project! However, one lowly official realizes the worker is insane but no one will listen.

It's a clever idea of bureaucracy gone mad--an excellent parody for any developed nation. But, all too often, the film seemed to have acting, direction and music that all worked together to try too hard to make the film kooky. I think a more serious and less slapstick approach would have worked better, as this film has almost a Sherwood Schwartz quality about it (he's the guy responsible for "Gilligan's Island"). Not bad--but it should have been better.


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