The films of Mel Brooks

Author: Neil Sinyard

Publisher: Bookthrift Co

ISBN: 9780671089610

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 95

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Discusses the works of writer-director-actor Mel Brooks
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Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book

The Story of the Making of the Film

Author: Mel Brooks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 031631546X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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Mel Brooks' own words telling all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this great comedy classic. The book is alive and teeming with hundreds of photos, original interviews, and hilarious commentary. Young Frankenstein was made with deep respect for the craft and history of cinema-and for the power of a good schwanzstucker joke. This picture-driven book, written by one of the greatest comedy geniuses of all time, takes readers inside the classic film's marvelous creation story via never-before-seen black and white and color photography from the set and contemporary interviews with the cast and crew, most notably, legendary writer-director Mel Brooks. With access to more than 225 behind-the-scenes photos and production stills, and with captions written by Brooks, this book will also rely on interviews with gifted director of photography Gerald Hirschfeld, Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman and veteran producer Michael Gruskoff. Mel Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer and songwriter. Brooks is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies including The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. More recently, he had a smash hit on Broadway with the musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers. An EGOT winner, he received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009, the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2013, and a British Film Institute Fellowship in March 2015. Three of Brooks' classics have appeared on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs list. Blazing Saddles at number 6, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13. Judd Apatow is one of the most important comic minds of his generation. He wrote and directed the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin (co-written with Steve Carell), Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40, and his producing credits include Superbad, Bridesmaids, and Anchorman. Apatow is the executive producer of HBO's Girls.
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The Comic Art of Mel Brooks

Author: Maurice Yacowar

Publisher: Crescent Moon Publishing

ISBN: 9781861715210

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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THE COMIC ART OF MEL BROOKS By Maurice Yacowar Mel Brooks is a mystery. On the one hand, he is notorious for his wacky public behaviour and for his zany films. On the other, some of his public pronouncements show him to be a very serious fellow. While his audiences clutch their sides in helpless laughter, Madman Mel warns us that serious things are going on amid those wild goings-on. This book is a new, updated edition of Maurice Yacowar's classic book on Brooks, first published in 1981. There is a section on Mel Brooks' background and origins, including his work on television, his early works, audio recordings, and how Brooks uses comedy. Each film directed by Brooks is analysed, with a brief plot summary to refresh the memory, a close reading of the films' major themes and strategies, and a scattering of background information about the movies. For Mel Brooks, comedy can serve a serious purpose. 'I maintain there is nothing you cannot deal with in comic terms and make a point. I proved that by spoofing Hitler in The Producers.' Brooks adds: 'I'll never do a serious picture just to make a profound statement. I can make those statements comically. You don't have to stop laughing.' With his art of energy, openness and exuberance, Brooks values freedom more than discipline, outburst more than restraint, and emotion more than abstemious craft. Energy and present outweigh control and the future. Wild, even vulgar, valour is the better part of discretion. Mel Brooks's art is a varied body of comedy with distinctive emotional power, formal energy, and moral purpose. Whether the result of extended calculation (his films), or the flash of his improvisational genius (his quips and interviews), his comedy draws deeper than laughter. It invites us to face and to warm our essential nature. It challenges the myths and restrictions with which we have been afflicted and subdued. Most importantly, it bares a lively heart and soul - that of the wacko but wise Melvin Kaminsky. Ages have fed into his formation. Ages more may well be moved and nourished by his wild, warm wit. Includes a detailed filmography and a bibliography. Fully illustrated, with stills from all of Mel Brooks' movies. ISBN 9781861715210. 320 pages.
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Mel Brooks

Genius and Loving It! Freedom and Liberation in the Cinema of Mel Brooks

Author: Thomas A. Christie

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781861715104

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 404

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Mel Brooks: Genius and Loving It Freedom and Liberation in the Cinema of Mel Brooks by Thomas A. Christie Beloved by his fans and equally praised and derided by the critics many times throughout his long career, Mel Brooks is a creative polymath, a comic talent to be reckoned with - influential, fearless and totally unafraid of his detractors. Yet whether you admire his work or not, one thing remains absolutely certain: this larger-than-life character is a very difficult man to ignore. Mel Brooks has been immortalised as the definitive maestro of big-screen bad taste, a pioneer of the cinematic spoof (and very influential, too - you can see Brooks' influence in many places today). But throughout his film-making career, his ardent championship of personal liberty is too often neglected. Examining all eleven of the movies that Brooks directed, from The Producers (1968) to Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995), this book examines the way that this most distinctive of cinematic visionaries came to earnestly and vigourously defend freedom in all of its forms, whether creative, individual, social, cultural or political. As well as famous films like The Producers ('If you've got it, flaunt it, baby!'), Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein ('Frankenstein?' 'Fronkensteen'), this book also looks at lesser-known Brooks movies such as 12 Chairs, Silent Movie and Life Stinks. Includes a detailed filmography, movie statistics, examples of critical opinions, a guide to further reading, and a bibliography. Fully illustrated, with stills from all of Mel Brooks' movies. ISBN 9781861715104. 404 pages. 'Thomas Christie's scholarship is as always immaculate. Full marks to him for another informative, well written and erudite guide to a neglected director and episode of film history.' (Review of John Hughes and Eighties Cinema) Douglas J. Allen (Lecturer in Social Sciences, Motherwell College)
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Films Directed by Mel Brooks

Blazing Saddles, Dracula

Author: Source Wikipedia


ISBN: 9781230479606


Page: 28

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (films not included). Pages: 27. Chapters: Blazing Saddles, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, Life Stinks, List of Mel Brooks films, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Silent Movie, Spaceballs, The Producers (1968 film), The Twelve Chairs (1970 film), Young Frankenstein. Excerpt: Spaceballs is a 1987 American science fiction comedy parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring Bill Pullman, John Candy, Mel Brooks and Rick Moranis. It also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, and the voice of Joan Rivers. The film was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on June 24, 1987, and was met with a mixed reception. It later became a cult classic on video and one of Brooks' most popular films. Its plot and characters parody the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as other sci-fi franchises including Star Trek, Alien, and the Planet of the Apes films. Planet Spaceball, led by President Skroob (Brooks), has wasted all of its air. Skroob schemes to steal air from the planet Druidia by kidnapping the daughter of King Roland (Dick Van Patten), Princess Vespa (Zuniga), on the day of her pre-arranged wedding to the narcoleptic Prince Valium (Jim J. Bullock). Skroob sends Dark Helmet (Moranis) to complete this task with Spaceball One, an impossibly huge ship helmed by Colonel Sandurz (George Wyner). Before they can arrive, Vespa herself abandons her marriage and flees the planet along with her Droid of Honor, Dot Matrix (voiced by Rivers), in her personal Mercedes spaceship. King Roland contacts the mercenary Captain Lone Starr (Pullman) and his mawg (half-man, half-dog) sidekick, Barf (Candy), offering a lucrative reward to retrieve Vespa before she is captured. Lone Starr readily accepts, as he is in major debt with the space gangster Pizza the Hutt (voice of Dom DeLuise). Lone Starr and Barf, ..
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The Big Screen Comedies of Mel Brooks

Author: Robert Alan Crick

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476612285

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 269

View: 385

Mel Brooks is often regarded as one of Hollywood’s funniest men, thanks to such highly successful films as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. His films do have a tendency to turn out much like the jokes that comprise them—hit-or-miss, one minute shoot-the-moon brilliant and the next minute well short of laughs. This work provides a thorough synopsis and thematic analysis for each of his twelve films along with complete cast and production credits: The Producers (1968), The Twelve Chairs (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World—Part 1 (1981), To Be or Not to Be (1983), Spaceballs (1987), Life Stinks (1991), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995).
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Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries

Author: Alex Symons

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748664505

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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Alex Symons takes a unique, artist-focused approach in order to systematically identify the range of Brooks's adaptation strategies across the Hollywood film, Broadway theatre and American television industries.
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American Jewish Filmmakers

Author: David Desser,Lester D. Friedman,Professor Lester D Friedman

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252071539

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 345

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Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Sidney Lumet, and Paul Mazursky, all sons of East European Jews, remain among the most prominent contemporary American film directors. In this revised, updated second edition of American Jewish Filmmakers, David Desser and Lester D. Friedman demonstrate how the Jewish experience gives rise to an intimately linked series of issues in the films of these and other significant Jewish directors. This edition concludes with a newly written discussion of the careers of other prominent Jewish filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Brian Singer, and Darren Aronofsky.
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Cross-Examined Films

Engaging the Church with Modern Art

Author: Matthew King

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1543468810

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

View: 8432

After spending nearly a quarter of a lifetime watching popular and independent films, Matthew King, RN, makes a point to criticize the Christian church for its lack of engagement with films. He believes that the lack of engagement and the strong denunciation of films only because of their sexual or violent content has lost an entire generation because of the inability to speak the millennial language of popular Hollywood films. With searing prose and biting confrontation, King attempts to engage films through the lens of theology, philosophy, and political analysis to assist the church in identifying positive as well as negative examples of the topics within to better engage an entire generation. Through this investigation, Christians and non-Christians alike will be both enlightened and surprised at what popular films have unconsciously taught them from a young age.
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The Alfred Hitchcock Encyclopedia

Author: Stephen Whitty

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442251603

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 548

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Several decades after his last motion picture was produced, Alfred Hitchcock is still regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the masters of cinema. From silents of the 1920s to his final feature in 1976, the director’s many films continue to entertain audiences and inspire filmmakers. In The Alfred Hitchcock Encyclopedia, film critic Stephen Whitty provides a detailed overview of the director's work. This reference volume features in-depth critical entries on each of his major films as well as biographical essays on his most frequent collaborators and discussions of significant themes in his work. For this book, Whitty draws on primary-source materials such as interviews he conducted with associates of the director—including screenwriter Jay Presson Allen (Marnie), actresses Eva Marie Saint (North by Northwest) and Kim Novak (Vertigo), actor Farley Granger (Strangers on a Train), actor and producer Norman Lloyd (Saboteur), and Hitchcock’s daughter Patricia (Stage Fright; Psycho)—among others. Encompassing the entire range of the director’s career—from early influences and silent films to his decade-long television show and cameos in nearly every feature—this is a comprehensive overview of cinema’s ultimate showman. A detailed and lively look at the master of suspense, The Alfred Hitchcock Encyclopedia will be of interest to professors, students, and the many fans of the director’s work.
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Anne Bancroft

A Life

Author: Douglass K. Daniel

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813169690

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 408

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"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?" These famous lines from The Graduate (1967) would forever link Anne Bancroft (1931--2005) to the groundbreaking film and confirm her status as a movie icon. Along with her portrayal of Annie Sullivan in the stage and film drama The Miracle Worker, this role was a highlight of a career that spanned a half-century and brought Bancroft an Oscar, two Tonys, and two Emmy awards. In the first biography to cover the entire scope of Bancroft's life and career, Douglass K. Daniel brings together interviews with dozens of her friends and colleagues, never-before-published family photos, and material from film and theater archives to present a portrait of an artist who raised the standards of acting for all those who followed. Daniel reveals how, from a young age, Bancroft was committed to challenging herself and strengthening her craft. Her talent (and good timing) led to a breakthrough role in Two for the Seesaw, which made her a Broadway star overnight. The role of Helen Keller's devoted teacher in the stage version of The Miracle Worker would follow, and Bancroft also starred in the movie adaption of the play, which earned her an Academy Award. She went on to appear in dozens of film, theater, and television productions, including several movies directed or produced by her husband, Mel Brooks. Anne Bancroft: A Life offers new insights into the life and career of a determined actress who left an indelible mark on the film industry while remaining true to her art.
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Film, a Modern Art

Author: Aaron Sultanik

Publisher: Associated University Presses

ISBN: 9780845347522

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 503

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Minecraft - Die Insel

Author: Max Brooks

Publisher: Egmont

ISBN: 3505140791

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 320

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Du wirst nie glauben, was ich erlebt habe. Aber wenn du das liest, steckst du längst mittendrin. Vielleicht stolperst du schon seit einer Weile über diese verrückte Insel. Vielleicht bist du auch gerade erst hier gestrandet. Du bist verwirrt, fühlst dich total verloren und hast eine Scheißangst – das Gefühl kenne ich nur zu gut. Wenn du nicht aufpasst, wird dich die Insel verschlingen und in Einzelteilen wieder ausspucken. Für dich habe ich dieses Buch hier zurückgelassen. Lies es. Du wirst jede Hilfe brauchen, die du kriegen kannst ... Der erste offizielle Minecraft-Roman: Hochspannung von Bestsellerautor Max Brooks
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Comedy Quotes from the Movies

Over 4,000 Bits of Humorous Dialogue from All Film Genres, Topically Arranged and Indexed

Author: Larry Langman,Paul Gold

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786411108

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

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Clever repartee, double entendres, punch lines and many other variations of humor have been a staple of movie dialogue since the advent of talkies. Collected here are over 4,000 of the best comedic lines from the movies. The compilers of this book have tried to bring together some of the funniest, wittiest and most outrageous snatches of dialogue on film over a sixty year time period. For each entry the authors set the quotation in context, provide the name of the actor or actress, the name of the movie and the year of release. The quotations are arranged by a broad range of categories, such as politics, food and eating, gambling, and many others. A title index and a name index follow the body of the book..
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Conversations with Joseph Heller

Author: Joseph Heller

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9780878056354

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 301

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Also included are two largely serious interviews with his friends Robert Alan Aurthur and Barbara Gelb. Also in this collection are Heller's conversations with authors Martin Amis and George Plimpton and a probing exchange with Bill Moyers about democracy, politics, and Heller's Picture This. Among the interviews are his talks with Sam Merrill in Playboy, Paul Krassner of The Realist, and Chet Flippo of Rolling Stone.
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The Movie Business Book, Third Edition

Author: Jason E. Squire

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743219376

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 552

View: 7619

Producers, directors, screenwriters, agents, editors, financiers, distributors, and exhibitors talk about the practical and business aspects of making motion pictures.
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A Companion to Film Comedy

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119169550

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 584

View: 4621

This wide-ranging celebration of the variety and complexity of international film comedy covers work from the days of silent movies to the present on a global scale, including Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as the United States.
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Race on the QT

Blackness and the Films of Quentin Tarantino

Author: Adilifu Nama

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292772386

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

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Known for their violence and prolific profanity, including free use of the n-word, the films of Quentin Tarantino, like the director himself, chronically blurt out in polite company what is extremely problematic even when deliberated in private. Consequently, there is an uncomfortable and often awkward frankness associated with virtually all of Tarantino's films, particularly when it comes to race and blackness. Yet beyond the debate over whether Tarantino is or is not racist is the fact that his films effectively articulate racial anxieties circulating in American society as they engage longstanding racial discourses and hint at emerging trends. This radical racial politics—always present in Tarantino's films but kept very much on the quiet—is the subject of Race on the QT. Adilifu Nama concisely deconstructs and reassembles the racial dynamics woven into Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, and Django Unchained, as they relate to historical and current racial issues in America. Nama's eclectic fusion of cultural criticism and film analysis looks beyond the director's personal racial attitudes and focuses on what Tarantino's filmic body of work has said and is saying about race in America symbolically, metaphorically, literally, impolitely, cynically, sarcastically, crudely, controversially, and brilliantly.
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The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000

The Book

Author: Mel Brooks,Carl Reiner

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060929928

Category: Humor

Page: 160

View: 583

The comedians' impromptu comedy routine regarding a two-thousand-year-old man and the dilemmas he faces shares humorous views on religion, taxes, fad diets, and other topics
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