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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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Blaumilch
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Yehezkel Ziegler
Shraga Friedman ...
Dr. Avigdor Kooiybishevsky
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Menahem Ze'ev Zuckerman
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Dentist
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Seine Frau
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Fürsorgerin
Miriam Gavrieli ...
Deborah Zuckerman
Abraham Ronai ...
Mr. Kosla, Asst. to the mayor
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Zelig Schultheiss
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Secretary
Nathan Wolfovich ...
Mayor
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Police Chief Akiva Levkowicz
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Mrs. Kalaniot
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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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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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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 London et Kirschenbaum: Episode dated 13 July 2015 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Balada La-Ish Ha-Pashut
Composed by Noam Sheriff
Performed by Edna Goren
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Mildly amusing
16 July 2003 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

This is a harmless, somewhat funny bit of Israeli slapstick, with plenty of people screaming at each other, gesticulating and running around in circles. It is a takeoff on Israeli (and any other)bureaucracy, and, I suppose the hectic life in Tel-Aviv in the late 1960s. Amusing to watch (once) but hardly anything that is going to make Ingmar Bergman or Roman Polanski lose any sleep.


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