Sunday, December 04, 2016


Let me start with this....If you don't know what Young Frankenstein is and you grew up in the 70s, your childhood didn't rock! The movie came out in 1974 and I grew up in a family that could quote the movie line for line. It never got old and when together someone will start the mini reenactment all over again.

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.

The 411:
I will tell you that I saw this movie about 300 times. It is by far one of my favorites and I try to watch it as often as I can. The book is perfect for any fan of this movie. There are over 200 behind the scene photos that made me smile as if I was looking at a photo album a family member had just brought out of the attic. The people associated with this movie are my youth. I love Mel, Gene, Marty, Peter, Cloris, Madeline and Terry.  The movie has some of the best quotes and funniest lines ever.

Reading the behind the scenes stories was so interesting. I had no idea that this was Gene Wilder's idea. I had always thought it was a Mel movie and he hired Gene for the lead role. 

Many studios refused the movie at first because Gene and Mel wanted to do it in black and white to stay true to past movies of the genre. 

This was such a fun, interesting book for me that I kept sending my sister photos so I could discuss it with someone.

Mel did a great job with this. I read it in his voice and loved all his humor and how much respect he has for the actors he worked with.

I am getting at least 4 copies as gifts this year. My family members will be thrilled.

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