Silent movie follows the antics of mel funn brooks, marty eggs marty feldman, and dom bell dom deluise. Dick cavett, bobby rosengarden, mel brooks, mark frechette. An audience with mel brooks 1983 an audience with mel. To be or not to be is a 1983 american war comedy film directed by alan johnson, produced by mel brooks, and starring mel brooks, anne bancroft, tim matheson. To be or not to be 1983 rotten tomatoes movie trailers. Saddles in the final number in young frankenstein, in which the full company sings. Mel brooks talks trump, antisemitism, political correctness and the best movie he ever made. An irresistible collection of unhinged comedy a true tribute to the legend, unbound by studio rights or structure.
May 01, 2017 an audience with mel brooks 1983 archy l. Victor frankenstein, and peter boyle as the monster. Its easy for the national lampoon to take on the readers digest. This careerspanning documentary journeys through brooks. Mel brooks on the love of his life, anne bancroft, and. Overview of audience with mel brooks, an, 1983, directed by mel brooks, with jonathan pryce, anne bancroft, mel brooks, at turner classic movies. This set is a comprehensive look at the life and career of mel brooks often in his own words. Past brooks film gags are kindly nudged in this classic parody film, back when the genre was more than just throwing together scenes with no rhyme or reason and calling it a day. Brooks began his career as a comic and a writer for the early tv variety show your show of shows. The movie was like a bomb going off inside the audiences sense of propriety. The 2000 year old man created and performed by mel brooks and carl reiner duration. Mel brooks on why blazing saddles could be the funniest. Mel brooks, original name melvin kaminsky, born june 28, 1926, brooklyn, new york, u. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as master entertainer at grossingers resort before going to television.
The 2011 emmynominated hbo tv special i thought i was taller. The supporting cast includes teri garr, cloris leachman, marty feldman, madeline kahn, kenneth mars, richard haydn, and gene hackman. History of the world, part i is a 1981 american anthology comedy film written, produced, and directed by mel brooks. In spring, 1962 mel brooks attended a movie theater, which among other films screened an animated short by norman mclaren. He served in wwii, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the catskills. The trio has a plan to make a silent movie, forty years after talkies took over the. Mel brooks joined the army when he was 17, became a combat engineer, where one of his tasks was defusing landmines. Mel brooks and anne bancroft perform sweet georgia brown duration. Sep 23, 2017 blazing saddles may be a groundbreaking comedy, but director mel brooks doesnt think hollywood would make the iconic western parody in this current stupidly politically correct climate. With mel brooks, anne bancroft, ronny graham, danny baker. Mel brooks celebrity profile check out the latest mel brooks photo gallery, biography, pics, pictures, interviews, news, forums and blogs at rotten tomatoes.
That sounds like a movie mel brooks, director of the history of the world, part i and robin hood. Nathan lane tells a funny story about the time he joined mel brooks for a movie night at carl reiners house. When it comes to blazing saddles, humility fails mel. It may take more skill and intelligence to live without money than to make and spend a great deal of it, and that is the buried message of life stinks, a warmhearted new comedy from mel brooks. An audience with mel brooks film an audience with mel brooks 04 february 1984. The movies silent, but mel brooks isnt interviews roger. To be or not to be mel brooks takes a side step from his usual burlesque to remake the classic that starred jack benny and carole lombard in her last gig. Although having anna give the cue line to be or not to be to the men in the audience she wishes to meet in her dressing room, is a very funny premise of the film. May 07, 2014 the audience does feel brooks passion for his film in the commentary, particularly in the less technically interesting scenes where he summarizes what happens in a scene which is usually not. This is the funniest, the hardest to accomplish, the best. The film was reportedly inspired by an actual incident.
The staff of thirteen picks the thirteen best movies directed or. This live appearance by mel brooks includes songs, skits and jokes. He does know how to entertain a crowd and is quite funny and likable here. Mel brooks parody of the classic vampire story and its famous film adaptations. So there have only been 11 mel brooks movies in the past 51 years, but. Your full list of all upcoming marvel movies with key details. Mel brooks, gregory hines, dom deluise, madeline kahn. The film is about a theater producer and his accountant who, as part of a scam, have to stage the worst stage musical they can create. He tells stories and jokes and even sings some songs. People only went to watch saddles because of the farting cowboys scene. This is mel brooks spoof of over ten alfred hitchcock classics, including psycho, vertigo, and the birds brooks actually used the bird trainer from that classic suspense movie in making his film.
I watched the history of the world and i wanted to watch it again and again. Mel brooks is an american actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, and composer, who started his career as a comic and a writer for the early tv variety show your show of shows. Himself creator, the producers segment mel brooks on broadway himself producer segment mel brooks on broadway 2 episodes, 20012006. May 02, 2017 mel brooks reimagining of the spanish inquisition in one segment of the history of the world part i as a goldenage hollywood busby berkeleyesque musical number, complete with dancing nuns and synchronized water torture, serves as his thesis statement on cinematic comedy. Mel brooks sits in front of a live audience an english crowd that contains a few notable english actors, directors and others in the film and theater industry and hams it up. The dvd set is a perfect companion to the mel brooks film box set that fox produced, and it is a must own set for fans of. Hij is vooral bekend geworden door komische films als young frankenstein, the producers en blazing saddles. As seen in many great stand up performances the entire show seems improvised but mel. Brooks takes some staged questions from the audience, which includes him answering about his entrance into show business, his wife and even one about his mothers. Mel brooks brings his oneofakind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the old testament to the french revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes. At the tcm classic film festival, the writerdirector regaled the audience with tales of how warner bros. Brooks stars as the leader of a theatre troupe in warsaw at the time of the nazi invasion.
An audience with mel brooks 1983 unrated 55min comedy tv special 31 december 1983. There we were, knocking ourselves out to be funny, and behind the camera, not a snicker. Anna maria louisa italiano september 17, 1931 june 6, 2005, known professionally as anne bancroft, was an american actress, director, screenwriter and singer associated with the method acting school, having studied under lee strasberg. Mel brooks legendary filmography includes not only the funniest films ever made, but a few surprising landmarks in cinema history. An audience with mel brooks 1983 out of 4 this television special has mel brooks in front of a british audience as he tries to promote his new movie to be or not to be.
Its basically a theatrical injoke two broadway impresarios put on the worst musical ever produced in order to hoodwink the shareholder but. And satire works best when its target is selfimportant. Mar 03, 2019 mel has the audience in hysterics as he performs his hilarious frank sinatra impression. Mel brooks has created some of the most iconic comedies in film history, and. Mel brooks is an american director, writer, actor, comedian, producer and composer. In 1961, he gained recognition for cocreating and cohosting the comedy skit the 2000 year old man with carl reiner. A look back at comedy icon mel brooks legendary career in film and television, debuts december on hbo. Nathan lane on watching movies with mel brooks at carl reiner.
An audience with mel brooks 1983 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. After 50 years of making sound movies, they were afraid if. If you like dry humor and fast wit, the princess bride will make your day. Mel brooks heeft een duidelijk herkenbare filmstijl. Mel brookss first feature film has become the stuff of legend, spawning not only a successful broadway musical which itself became a film but also an entire season of curb your enthusiasm. Although having anna give the cue line to be or not to be to the men in the audience she wishes to meet in her dressing room, is a very funny premise of the film, it actually would be highly impractical for anna to think she would have time to meet backstage. So, personally, i find high anxiety to be a better brooks film.
The box set arrived just as i was leaving the house so the time away was shortened so i could get home to play one film i was waiting to see. Because mel brooks films are so full of outrageous gags and scabrous humor. So its no surprise in some ways that young frankenstein is mel brooks greatest film. As seen in many great stand up performances the entire show seems improvised but mel and the. June 28, 1926 is an american director, writer, actor, comedian, producer and composer. Mel brooks a 1984 episode of the uk arena series, featuring standup, songs and cameos by helen mirren and anne bancroft. Spoofing the master of suspense video documentary short 2009 robin hood. Despite receiving two tony award nominations, the script and production were chaotic. An audience with mel brooks 1984 the movie database. I saw blazing saddles on a doublebill with monty python and the holy grail python blew saddles out of the water for humour. Maltin writes that it is a scene for scene copy, but i am not reminded of any shots i saw in 1942.
Apr 15, 2001 j hoberman article on mel brookss treatment of nazis and jews in the producers, his 1968 film m sections. Mel brooks performs brilliant frank sinatra impersonation. Mel brooks discusses his forthcoming film, the twelve chairs, and favors cavett with what would best be described as an assortment of schtick including a visit from the 2000 year old man. Young frankenstein is a 1974 american comedy horror film directed by mel brooks and starring gene wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous dr. Mel brooks and others entertain on the stage leading up to the release of to be or not to be. Mel brooks full list of movies and tv shows in theaters, in production and upcoming films. The dvd set is a perfect companion to the mel brooks film box set that fox produced, and it is a must own set for fans of comedy, hollywood history, and exceptional human beings. Sep 10, 2014 mel brooks and cloris leachman reveal their favorite scenes at the academys 40th anniversary screening of young frankenstein on september 10, 2014 at the samuel goldwyn theater. Nov 20, 2015 nathan lane tells a funny story about the time he joined mel brooks for a movie night at carl reiners house. Worked as a standup comedy tummeler in catskill mountains resorts before joining sid caesars your show of shows 1950 immortal writing staff. He is known as a creator of broad film farces and comedic parodies.
Join sign up keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices. Mel brooks and his wife anne bancroft costar in this funny remake of a 1942 comedy of the same title, based on a story by ernst lubitsch and melchior lengyel about a downandout warsaw theater troupe who save the polish resistance fighters from the ss in world war ii. Bancroft was with him during blazing saddles, brooks bold comedy about a black sheriff in a racist western town. There are other films in the set which i already have but i have a friend who is a big mel brooks fan so they wont be wasted. Brooksfilms has since produced a number of noncomedy films, including frances 1982, the fly 1986, and 84 charing cross road 1987, starring anthony hopkins and anne bancroft, along with comedies, including richard benjamins my favorite year. In the evening, wed go to a party and id pick a character. Vital stats the mel brooks collection contains nine bluray discs, with eight bd50s and one bd25 blazing saddles. In spring, 1962 mel brooks attended a movie theater, which among.
Make a noise journeys through brooks early years in the creative beginnings of live television to the film genres he so successfully. Mel brooks delivers an enjoyable hour of comic diversion with his lovely actresswife anne bancroft, writer comedian ronny graham, and british shakespearean actor jonathan pryce. Graham, and british shakespearean actor jonathan pryce. One of the problems with mel brooks s high anxiety is that it picks a tricky target. Id say silent movie is my best film by far, mel brooks was saying, and, lets face it, the others were pretty good. Factory, hero to the fan of the niche and cult, would raise the ante and release the incredible mel brooks. A guide to mel brooks, episode 4 from series 1 of an audience with.
Nathan lane on watching movies with mel brooks at carl. Dga quarterly magazine summer 2011 dvd classics mel brooks. Though the spoofs are often too obvious, mel brooks new comedy offers a few good chuckles. Mel brookss first feature film has become the stuff of legend. Brooks takes some staged questions from the audience, which includes him. Its a spoof of the work of alfred hitchcock, but hitchcocks films are often funny themselves. An audience with mel brooks 1984 directed by alasdair. The dialogue is full of very funny catch phrases many of which are still part of my repertoire more than a decade after i first saw the movie. Brooks plays a 2000yearold man, interviewed by carl reiner in a series of comedy routines that were recorded into a collection of records, as well as being performed on television. The plot is rich, with adult innuendos the kids will miss all together and levels of wit to entertain the whole family. Respected for her acting prowess and versatility, bancroft was acknowledged for her work in film. Date aired april 6, 1970 mel brooks for clip licensing opportunities please visit. Only film that brooks directed that is neither a parody or satire on a.
The 2000 year old man is a comedy sketch, originally created by mel brooks and carl reiner in the 1950s and first publicly performed in the 1960s. Mel brooks was born melvin kaminsky on june 28, 1926 in brooklyn, new york. After more than 60 years in show business, mel brooks has earned more awards than any other living entertainer. In 1961, he gained recognition for cocreating and cohosting the comedy. A short history of mel brooks a wacky bbc documentary from 1981 an audience with. In middle age, brooks became one of the most successful film directors of the. The producers is a 1967 american satirical black comedy film written and directed by mel brooks and starring zero mostel, gene wilder, dick shawn, and kenneth mars. Jan 15, 2016 there will never be another mel brooks, he is the master of the film parody. An audience with mel brooks film konusu many people know that mel started off in stand up and moved into writing, and in an audience with mel brooks we see what that stand up would have been like, fun, interactive, exciting and utterly hilarious.990 1311 300 1309 1480 1469 1208 945 1244 608 287 77 214 1135 22 136 516 127 126 1159 596 388 1407 1614 161 622 986 453 1097 1150 1122 446 1112 552