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Best of Philly 2008

Phoenixville Arts & Culture

Art & Independent Films
7 nights a week
Classics
Sundays at 2:00pm
Young Audiences
Saturdays at 2:00pm
Fright Night
First Fridays at 9:45pm
Baby Nights
Mondays at 6:30pm
Matinees
Wednesdays at 2:00pm
Film Discussions
Wednesdays at 9:30pm

Young Frankenstein

Directed by Mel Brooks. US. 1974. PG. 106 min. Fox. 35mm.

Sponsored by Upattinas School

  • Sunday
  • Sun, Nov 18
  • 2:00 pm

This hilarious, but affectionate, spoof of the classic horror films produced by Universal studios in the 1930’s and 40s, is rated by many as being the funniest, most accomplished, parody of a classic film ever made. Written by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder and with a cast that includes Wilder (as Dr. Frankenstein – “pronounced Fronk-enstein”), Peter Boyle (as the Monster), Marty Feldman (as the hunch-backed assistant, “Eye-gor”), Cloris Leachman (as “Frau Blucher”), and the lovely Teri Garr, this is a movie that will have you laughing out loud. Though it helps to have a recollection of the original Frankenstein series, the jokes and set-pieces (and the wonderful, evocative black-and-white cinematography) are such that you are bound to get into Brooks’ gentle but often raucous comic spirit. If you have never seen this wonderful fun-filled film on the big screen, don’t miss it! Never has a “scary” film caused so much laughter. (And yes, that is Gene Hackman, in a hilarious cameo role as the kindly blind hermit who befriends the Monster.) (Bill Roth)