History Film / ToBeOrNotToBe

7th Apr '18 8:38:07 PM bjex
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''To Be or Not to Be'' was remade 41 years later by Creator/MelBrooks, with himself and his wife Creator/AnneBancroft in the Benny and Lombard parts, here renamed Frederick and Anna Bronski; indeed, many of the characters were renamed or refashioned in this outing (''e.g''., "Stanislav" Sobinski becomes "Andre" Sobinski, Maria's AmbiguouslyJewish female dresser Anna becomes Anna's [[CampGay unambiguously]] [[HoYay gay]] male dresser Sasha, and Brooks' Bronski character takes over the functions of the original film's Dobosz as head of the company and (predictably, if implausibly) the role of the original Bronski (Tom Dugan, who did indeed bear a remarkable resemblance to the dictator) in impersonating UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Brooks broadened the original ScrewballComedy to broad farce, with much lampshading and breaking of the fourth wall. Charles Durning was nominated for a best supporting actor UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for his performance as Colonel Erhardt.

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''To Be or Not to Be'' was remade 41 years later by Creator/MelBrooks, with himself and his wife Creator/AnneBancroft in the Benny and Lombard parts, here renamed Frederick and Anna Bronski; indeed, many of the characters were renamed or refashioned in this outing (''e.g''., "Stanislav" Sobinski becomes "Andre" Sobinski, Maria's AmbiguouslyJewish female dresser Anna becomes Anna's [[CampGay unambiguously]] [[HoYay unambiguously gay]] male dresser Sasha, and Brooks' Bronski character takes over the functions of the original film's Dobosz as head of the company and (predictably, if implausibly) the role of the original Bronski (Tom Dugan, who did indeed bear a remarkable resemblance to the dictator) in impersonating UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Brooks broadened the original ScrewballComedy to broad farce, with much lampshading and breaking of the fourth wall. Charles Durning was nominated for a best supporting actor UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for his performance as Colonel Erhardt.



* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Sasha hates being made to wear the pink triangle... because it doesn't go with any of his outfits.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Played with. Sasha hates being made to wear the pink triangle... because it doesn't go with any of his outfits. It's clear the real import of being marked is not lost on him, though.



* DeceasedFallGuyGambit: Bronski as Sitelski tells Erhardt that he doesn't have the list of the entire Polish Underground as originally hoped, but does have the name of key figures in the Underground that could provide that list if interrogated. He then names two people the Gestapo had recently executed.

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* DeceasedFallGuyGambit: Bronski as Sitelski the mole tells Erhardt that he doesn't have the list of the entire Polish Underground as originally hoped, but does have the name of key figures in the Underground that could provide that list if interrogated. He then names two people the Gestapo had recently executed.



* LighterAndFluffier: Instead of being dramatic actors, as were the Turas of the original, the Bronskis are glorified vaudeville stars: the Nazi play they are putting on is not a serious play about the Reich, but a mocking musical revue called ''[[ThoseWackyNazis Naughty Nazis]]'' (bearing not a little resemblance to ''Film/TheProducers''' ''Springtime For Hitler'').

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* LighterAndFluffier: Instead of being dramatic actors, as were the Turas of the original, the Bronskis are glorified vaudeville stars: the Nazi play they are putting on is not a serious play about the Reich, but a mocking musical revue called ''[[ThoseWackyNazis Naughty Nazis]]'' (bearing not more than a little resemblance to ''Film/TheProducers''' ''Springtime For Hitler'').
7th Apr '18 8:30:47 PM bjex
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* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Bronski impersonates Erhardt to get the list from Sitelski, and then impersonates Sitelski to convince Erhardt that the list is useless, as the names on it are all people who Erhardt had already executed. Upon getting back home, he notes that that was his greatest performance ever, and virtually nobody knows that he did it.
* IfIDoNotReturn: Subverted when Frederick, disguised as Professor Siletski, has to go to Gestapo Headquarters in a suicide mission and talks to his wife maybe for the last time:

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* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Bronski impersonates Erhardt to get the list from Sitelski, the mole, and then impersonates Sitelski the mole to convince Erhardt that the list is useless, as the names on it are all people who Erhardt had already executed. Upon getting back home, he notes laments that that was his he just pulled off the greatest performance ever, of his career, and virtually nobody knows that only he did was able to truly appreciate it.
* IfIDoNotReturn: Subverted when Frederick, disguised as Professor Siletski, the mole, has to go to Gestapo Headquarters in a suicide mission and talks to his wife maybe for the last time:



* IncrediblyLamePun: The stage manager is renamed Sondheim, and a novelty act called "Klotzki's Clowns," entirely so that Brooks can at one point exclaim: "[[ShoutOut Sondheim! Send in the Clowns!]]" [[DontExplainTheJoke Need one explain?]]

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* IncrediblyLamePun: The stage manager is renamed Sondheim, and a novelty act called "Klotzki's Clowns," entirely so that Brooks can at one point exclaim: "[[ShoutOut Sondheim! Send in the Clowns!]]" [[DontExplainTheJoke Need one explain?]]Clowns!]]"
7th Apr '18 8:24:53 PM bjex
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--> '''Maria:''' It's ridiculous the way you try to grab attention! Whenever I start to tell a story, you finish it. If I go on a diet, you lose the weight. If I have a cold, you cough. [[MisterSeahorse And if we ever have a baby, I'm not so sure I'd be the mother.]]
--> '''Jozef:''' I'm satisfied to be the father.

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--> '''Maria:''' It's ridiculous the way you try to grab attention! Whenever I start to tell a story, you finish it. If I go on a diet, you lose the weight. If I have a cold, you cough. [[MisterSeahorse [[Main/MisterSeahorse And if we ever have a baby, I'm not so sure I'd be the mother.]]
--> '''Jozef:''' [[Main/MamasBabyPapasMaybe I'm satisfied to be the father.]]
12th Oct '17 1:46:27 PM shokoshu
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* BungledSuicide: When Erhardt thinks he has pissed off Hitler (the fake one). We hear a shot...and then promptly SCHULTZ!!
20th Aug '17 4:10:21 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* LaResistance


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* LaResistance
15th Jul '17 3:28:39 PM nombretomado
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Set in [[{{UsefulNotes/Poland}} Warsaw]] during the early part of WorldWarII, ''To Be or Not to Be'' follows the fortunes of a group of actors as they get drawn into [[LaResistance the resistance]]. Before the war, actress Maria Tura (Lombard), wife of [[SmallNameBigEgo that great, great Polish actor, Jozef Tura]] (Benny), receives the attentions of [[UsefulNotes/PolesWithPoleaxes Polish Air Force]] pilot Lt. Stanislav Sobinski (Robert Stack). Wanting to meet with him when her husband is not around, she tells Sobinski to leave the theater and come backstage while her husband is performing the "to be or not to be" soliloquy from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Sobinski ends up doing this a number of times, always to the same cue. Jozef almost catches them together, but just before it can happen, what all of Poland fears happens instead: Germany invades, and war is declared. Sobinski makes a quick escape to Britain along with his squadron, while the rest of Poland has no choice but to deal with the trials of Nazi occupation.

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Set in [[{{UsefulNotes/Poland}} Warsaw]] during the early part of WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, ''To Be or Not to Be'' follows the fortunes of a group of actors as they get drawn into [[LaResistance the resistance]]. Before the war, actress Maria Tura (Lombard), wife of [[SmallNameBigEgo that great, great Polish actor, Jozef Tura]] (Benny), receives the attentions of [[UsefulNotes/PolesWithPoleaxes Polish Air Force]] pilot Lt. Stanislav Sobinski (Robert Stack). Wanting to meet with him when her husband is not around, she tells Sobinski to leave the theater and come backstage while her husband is performing the "to be or not to be" soliloquy from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Sobinski ends up doing this a number of times, always to the same cue. Jozef almost catches them together, but just before it can happen, what all of Poland fears happens instead: Germany invades, and war is declared. Sobinski makes a quick escape to Britain along with his squadron, while the rest of Poland has no choice but to deal with the trials of Nazi occupation.
12th Oct '16 5:27:58 PM LongTallShorty64
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''To Be or Not to Be'' is a 1942 ScrewballComedy produced by Alexander Korda's London Films company (though actually shot in America at the Creator/UnitedArtists studios), directed by Creator/ErnstLubitsch, and starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard in her final film role.

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''To Be or Not to Be'' is a 1942 ScrewballComedy produced by Alexander Korda's London Films company (though actually shot in America at the Creator/UnitedArtists studios), directed by Creator/ErnstLubitsch, and starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard Creator/CaroleLombard in her final film role.
6th Oct '16 4:59:56 PM Bissek
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* NeverLiveItDown: In-Universe example: Erhardt's joke about Hitler being named after a pickle. Bronski even plays a little KickTheDog with Erhardt about it.

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* NeverLiveItDown: In-Universe example: Erhardt's joke about Hitler being getting a pickle named after a pickle.him. Bronski even plays a little KickTheDog with Erhardt about it.
6th Oct '16 4:56:45 PM Bissek
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* FamiliarSoundtrackForeignLyrics: When Buzz has been rebooted in Spanish mode, he dances a pasodoble with Jessie to the sound of a Spanish-language cover of "You've Got a Friend in Me" (performed by the Gipsy Kings).
17th Sep '16 10:53:42 AM pyroclastic
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* FamiliarSoundtrackForeignLyrics: When Buzz has been rebooted in Spanish mode, he dances a pasodoble with Jessie to the sound of a Spanish-language cover of "You've Got a Friend in Me" (performed by the Gipsy Kings).
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