The Big Screen Comedies of Mel Brooks

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McFarland, Oct 14, 2002 - Performing Arts - 269 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
The Producers 1968
15
HOPE FOR THE BEST EXPECT THE WORST
33
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN SUCH CRUELTY?
50
THE CANDLE BACK
67
Silent Movie 1976
84
WHAT A DRAMATIC AIRPORT
100
To Be or Not to Be 1983
136
Spaceballs 1987
150
0 WE HAVE REACHED CAPACITY
167
Men in Tights 1993
185
2 AND YOU WILL REMEMBER NOTHING
206
Other Work by Brooks
224
Bibliography
235
Index
243
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Teacher Robert Alan Crick has written analyses for various journals and books about radio, television, and the movies. He lives in Russellville, Kentucky.

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