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Te'alat Blaumilch (1969)

| Comedy | 1969 (Israel)
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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Blaumilch
... Yehezkel Ziegler
Shraga Friedman ... Dr. Avigdor Kooiybishevsky
... Menahem Ze'ev Zuckerman
... Dentist
... Seine Frau
... Fürsorgerin
Miriam Gavrieli ... Deborah Zuckerman
Abraham Ronai ... Mr. Kosla, Asst. to the mayor
... Zelig Schultheiss
... Secretary
Nathan Wolfovich ... Mayor
... Police Chief Akiva Levkowicz
... Mrs. Kalaniot
... Dr. Gilad
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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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Filmed mostly in a studio mock-up of a central junction in Tel Aviv, Israel, including one of the city's most famous movie theaters - Mougraby. See more »

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

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Referenced in Eretz Nehederet: Episode #12.5 (2015) See more »

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Balada La-Ish Ha-Pashut
Composed by Noam Sheriff
Performed by Edna Goren
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An absolutely amazing laugh riot ! ! ! !
15 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Apart from "Lemon Popsicle" series of films from Israel,there are not so many directors in the history of Israelian cinema who have made successful comedy films.If there is a man who has made enjoyable comedy films it is Iprahim Kishon.As he was primarily a great writer,he was able to infuse his writing talents in his films.It can be said about Iprahim Kishon's film "Te'alat Blaumilch" that its visual as well aesthetic style was completely different from the films made by other comic geniuses like Max Linder,Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Apart from its highly original idea of a lunatic digging a canal in the middle of a street,this film was famous for its set design which consisted of a replica of a fictitious canal right in the middle of Tel Aviv city.A thing which might irk some feminist viewers is that this is a bit sexist in nature as there are numerous ribald jokes consisting of futile attempts made by office boss to seduce his beautiful secretary. Iprahim Kishon made three great comic films and this film is one of those laugh riots which is surely going to drive you crazy with endless bouts of laughter.


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