Sunday, January 4, 2009

Young Frankenstein

Mel Brooks, 1974, bw (7.6*)
The other really good Brooks comedy (see The Producers) is this spoof of old horror films, actually shot in black and white to resemble the classics like Frankenstein and Dracula. Gene Wilder is a descendent of the original doctor, and who is a serious scientist ("that's Fronk-in-steen!"), yet he still creates a monster, played by Peter Boyle in his most famous part. Girlfriend Terri Garr and monster bride Madeleine Kahn provide both laughs and cleavage, Marty Feldman provides more as assistant Igor (or Eye-gore, get it?). The "Putting on the Ritz" number is a classic sequence, and this is something every film fan should enjoy.


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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