The late, great Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder—who both started their careers on Broadway and first came together for Mel Brooks’s 1968 film The Producers—are two of comedy’s most enduring legends. Born to Jewish immigrant parents (Mostel to an orthodox family in New York’s Lower East Side, and Wilder to Russian immigrants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), they would go on to star in some of Hollywood’s funniest films. In addition to The Producers, Mostel achieved acclaim for his role alongside Woody Allen in Martin Ritt’s The Front, written by Walter Bernstein; and Wilder for his roles in Brooks’s Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, among other collaborations with the director. Posters in this exhibition pay tribute to the lives and work of these extraordinary artists of stage and screen.
On view in the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery at the Walter Reade Theater.