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Young Frankenstein

Directed by Mel Brooks. US. 1974. PG. 106 minutes. Fox. 35mm.
Sponsored by Upattinas School
Sun., November 18, 2012

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)