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Young Frankenstein Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Jeff Shannon

If you were to argue that Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein ranks among the top-ten funniest movies of all time, nobody could reasonably dispute the claim. Spoofing classic horror in the way that Brooks's previous film Blazing Saddles sent up classic Westerns, the movie is both a loving tribute and a raucous, irreverent parody of Universal's classic horror films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Filming in glorious black and white, Brooks recreated the Frankenstein laboratory using the same equipment from the original Frankenstein (courtesy of designer Kenneth Strickfaden), and this loving attention to physical and stylistic detail creates a solid foundation for nonstop comedy. The story, of course, involves Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) and his effort to resume experiments in re-animation pioneered by his late father. (He's got some help, since dad left behind a book titled How I Did It.) Assisting him is the hapless hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the buxom but none-too-bright maiden Inga (Teri Garr), and when Frankenstein succeeds in creating his monster (Peter Boyle), the stage is set for an outrageous revision of the Frankenstein legend. With comedy highlights too numerous to mention, Brooks guides his brilliant cast (also including Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, and Gene Hackman in a classic cameo role) through scene after scene of inspired hilarity. Indeed, Young Frankenstein is a charmed film, nothing less than a comedy classic, representing the finest work from everyone involved. Not one joke has lost its payoff, and none of the countless gags have lost their zany appeal. From a career that includes some of the best comedies ever made, this is the film for which Mel Brooks will be most fondly remembered. Befitting a classic, the Special Edition DVD includes audio commentary by Mel Brooks, a "making of" documentary, interviews with the cast, hilarious bloopers and outtakes, and the original theatrical trailers. No video library should be without a copy of Young Frankenstein. And just remember--that's Fronkensteen.--

Academy Awards

Young Frankenstein received Academy Awards nominations for Writing (Best Screenplay adapted from other material; Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks) and for Sound (Richard Portman, Gene Cantamessa).

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""Put the candle back!!!" is embedded in my mind forever!!!"

--RockinROn

"My favorite scene is when Kahn gets seduced and made love to by the monster then after she has a smoke and he does to it is funny and fun to whatch if you look close you see her wink at him to and also you see her nightgown too before he puts his arm over her arm cool ha well bye."

--Anonymous

 

FILM FACTS

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Director: Mel Brooks

Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Richard Haydn, Kenneth Mars

Released: December 15, 1975

Availability: DVD VHS CD


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