Believe it or not, but I actually hate compiling best-of lists. It's exhausting. It's tedious. It's frustrating. The order never seems to be right. There's always a film you forgot to include. My picture/poster obsession wears me out in the process of editing and I constantly wish HTML to hell. Still, when the list is finally done, I'm happy and somehow satisfied - even though this list was even more difficult to compile than my yearly Year-End-Best-Of-lists, simply because I've never focused my geekness on Comedies before, even though I'm actually quite a fan of comedy flicks, especially of 60s/70s French comedy and 80s/90s US comedy.
Thanks to Eric Martin a.k.a Guts-and-Grog mastermind for inviting me to his Comedy-Week-blogfest. Actually, Eric just wanted me to create a Top 10 list of my favorite comedies, but during compiling, the whole thing became bigger and bigger. Sorry!
Maynard's Top 25 Favorite Comedies
German Title: Ein Ticket für Zwei
USA, 1983 / Director: John Hughes
One of these movies that I've seen more than 30 times. A masterpiece. Best thing that John Hughes, Steve Martin and John Candy have ever done.
International Titles: The Gazebo / Camouflage
German Titles: Hasch mich, ich bin der Mörder / Louis mit dem Leichentick
France, 1971 / Director: Jean Girault
Hilarious adaptation of Alec & Mary Copper's stage play "The Gazebo". Seen it more than 30-40 times. I'm a huge fan of Louis de Funes and I've seen nearly all of his films. This is undoubtedly his funniest one.
Alternate Title: Indien - Der Film
International Title: India
Austria 1993 / Director: Paul Harather
Another movie that I've seen at least 30 times. Starring Josef Hader and Alfred Dorfer, two of Austria's greatest comedian actors.
German Title: Meine teuflischen Nachbarn
USA 1989 / Director: Joe Dante
As much as I love Joe Dante's other movies, this is definitely the pinnacle in his career. Horror has never been funnier :-)
Edgar Wright's CORNETTO Trilogy:
~ SHAUN OF THE DEAD -- UK / France / USA, 2004
~ HOT FUZZ -- UK / France / USA, 2007
~ THE WORLD'S END -- UK / USA / Japan, 2013
3 films. All perfect. Thanks to the incredible genius of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright.
International Title: The Visitors
German Title: Die Besucher
France, 1993 / Director: Jean-Marie Poiré
Forget about the American remake "Just Visiting" - THIS is the real deal. Here in Austria, there were 2 differently dubbed versions: one for the cinemas, one for TV. The TV version is basically a 1:1 dub of the French original, and it's rather meh. However, the cinema dubbing gave a crap about the original, and changed every line into a spectacularly funny punchline. Incredible!
L'AILE OU LA CUISSE
International Title: The Wing and the Thigh
German Title: Brust oder Keule
France, 1976 / Director: Claude Zidi
Another masterpiece in both Louis de Funes' and director Claude Zidi's impressive careers.
Vicco von Bülow a.k.a LORIOT's:
~ ÖDIPUSSI (English Title: Oedipussi) -- Germany 1988
~ PAPPA ANTE PORTAS -- Germany, 1991
The two only full features of Germany's finest comedian Loriot. Both are nothing but amazing.
ALL OF ME
German Title: Solo für Zwei
USA, 1984 / Director: Carl Reiner
A bit underrated nowadays, but I always loved the hell out of it. IMO even better than Reiner's other masterstrokes "The Jerk" and "The Man With Two Brains".
Alternate Title: Dead Alive
New Zealand, 1992 / Director: Peter Jackson
Not only one of the goriest, but also one of the funniest zom-coms ever made. And obviously better than any of Jackson's Middle-Earth themed films ;-)
German Titles: Oscar, der Korinthenkacker / Louis, der Traumtänzer
France, 1967 / Director: Édouard Molinaro
Another uber-awesome De Funes laughfest, based on Claude Magnier's stage play of the same name.
~ Dennis Dugan's PROBLEM CHILD / USA 1990
German Title: So ein Satansbraten
~ Brian Levant's PROBLEM CHILD 2 / USA, 1991
German Title: Ein Satansbraten kommt selten allein
Negative critics? Low ratings on Imdb? Fuck that. Junior and Trixie always make me laugh my butt off! :-)
English Title: Forever Never by The Sea
International Title: Forever Never Anywhere
Austria, 2007 / Director: Antonin Svoboda
Stunningly underrated Austrian comedy-masterpiece, way, way better than the slightly similar De Funes flick "Sur un arbre perché", starring Stermann & Grissemann, Austria's finest comedy duo.
THE MONEY PIT
German Title: Geschenkt ist noch zu teuer
USA, 1986 / Director: Richard Benjamin
Oh, how I miss those days when Tom Hanks was funny. 80s Hanks, come back! ;-)
LE GENDARME EN BALADE
International Title: The Gendarme Takes Off
German Titles: Balduin, der Schrecken von St. Tropez / Louis in geheimer Mission / Louis, der Schrecken von St. Tropez
France / Italy, 1970 / Director: Jean Girault
The fourth of Louis De Funes' six "Gendarme"-films, and undoubtedly the funniest of them all.
German Title: Die Ritter der Kokosnuss
UK, 1975 / Directors: Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones
Not the best thing Terry Gilliam has ever done (that would be "Brazil"), but of course the absolute best thing the Pythons ever done.
German Title: Die Teufelin
USA, 1989 / Director: Susan Seidelman
It's a mystery to me why this film is still so underrated. Better and funnier than every single episode of "Roseanne".
German Title: ...und täglich grüßt das Murmeltier
USA, 1993 / Director: Harold Ramis
Bill Murray's greatest, gunniest and most entertaining movie. Nuff said.
International Title: The Spat
German Title: Der Querkopf
France, 1978 / Director: Claude Zidi
Slightly underrated, but actually super-hilarious laughfest. One of De Funès' very last films.
USA, 1987 / Director: Barry Levinson
Although I acually prefer Robin Williams in his serious roles, this is of course the absolute highlight in his unbelievable career. Although he was considered as un-dub-able, even the german dubbing is awesome, though obviously not nearly as great as the original.
THE COURT JESTER
German Title: Der Hofnarr
USA, 1955 / Directors: Melvin Frank & Norman Panama
Unfortunately I haven't seen many Danny Kaye films in my life, but at least I've seen this one countless times. Unbelievably awesome German dubbing that is surprisingly even funnier than the original.
Italy / West Germany, 1982 / Director: Steno
One of the few Bud Spencer films without his usual side-kick Terence Hill, but IMO the silliest, and most entertaining films in his career. A guilty pleasure, but one that I truly love.
German Titles: Onkel Paul, die große Pflaume / Louis taut auf / Louis, der Giftzwerg / Der Winterschläfer / Die Giftnudel
France / Italy, 1969 / Director: Édouard Molinaro
One of only two Molinaro/De Funès films (the other one is "Oscar"). Both are absolutely amazing.
German Title: Kevin - Allein zu Haus
USA, 1990 / Director: Chris Columbus
What would Xmas be without Kevin?
International Titles: The Animal / Stuntwoman
German Title: Ein irrer Typ
France, 1977 / Director: Claude Zidi
Another guilty pleasure, though not as silly as "Banana Joe".
When it comes to half-serious Jean-Paul Belmondo, I tend to masterstrokes like "Le Professionel".When it comes to over-the-top uber-funny Belmondo,
I definitely tend to stuff like "L'animal".
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