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Young Frankenstein

Directed by Mel Brooks
Produced by Michael Gruskoff
Written by Mel Brooks & Gene Wilder
Starring Gene Wilder
Marty Feldman
Peter Boyle
Teri Garr
Madeline Kahn
Cloris Leachman
Kenneth Mars
and Gene Hackman
Music by John Morris
Cinematography Gerald Hirschfeld
Editing by John C. Howard
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date December 15, 1974
Running time 106 min.
Country United States
Language English
German

Young Frankenstein is Mel Brooks at his best and is perhaps his 2nd funniest film after The Producers. I feel that it is slightly better than Blazing Saddles, although those three films are the undoubted high points in Mel’s long career in Hollywood.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, Young Frankenstein is a parody film of the 1930s and 40s Boris Karloff Frankenstein films as well as other movies in the 1930s/40s monster genre. Unlike parody films that a made today such as the horrendous Epic Movie, you can tell that the makers of Young Frankenstein actually love the films they are parodying and the movie can be seen as a tribute to those films.

The performances of the cast is great, especially that of Gene Wilder as young Dr. Frankenstein and Marty Feldman as Igor. I do find Feldman constantly breaking the fourth wall to be one of the highlights of the film. There are a lot of great jokes and sketches, especially the scene where the monster goes into the house of the blind man, which is a parody of a scene from Bride of Frankenstein. This is one of the funniest scenes in the movie and Gene Hackman is very funny as the blind man, as are the reactions of Peter Boyle’s monster.

This is a great and very funny film that is one of my all-time favourites and I give it the highest of recommendations.

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Bride Of Frankenstein

Directed by James Whale
Produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr.
Written by Screenplay: William Hurlbut
Adaptation: William Hurlbut & John L. Balderston
Novel: Mary Shelley
Starring Boris Karloff
Colin Clive
Valerie Hobson
Ernest Thesiger
Elsa Lanchester
Una O’Connor
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography John J. Mescall
Editing by Ted Kent
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) April 22, 1935 (LA)
May 10, 1935 (NY)
Running time 75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

I am really trying to catch up with all of the posts. I have fallen a little behind so I am only doing a shorthanded version of the posts and will re-edit them when I get a chance.

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Bride Of Frankenstein was the sequel to the original 1931 monster movie and the one that most people think is the superior film. This is the film where the monster befriends the blind man who teaches him to speak and the film is all the better for it as Karloff is able to make the audience empathise with the misunderstood monster. The monster has a childlike quality which just shows how skillful Karloff’s portrayal is. You are at the same time empathetic to the monster as well as repulsed by him. There is an innocence as if he only murders because he has been shunned by society yet he does seem to know to an extent what he is doing.

The film has quite a bit more camp humour than Frankenstein, something that director James Whale also added to The Invisible Man movie. Examples of this include Ernest Thesiger’s portrayal of Dr. Pretorious and especially Una O’ Connor as Minni. She comes across equally as being funny and annoying.