- Saturday, March 31, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest screen comedies, Young Frankenstein remains the best work of Mel Brooks’ long career. At once a funny send up and loving valentine to Universal’s horror films of the 1930s, the film follows the exploits of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder), who longs to escape from the shadow of his famous grandfather and his infamous monster. But upon returning to his family’s estate in Transylvania, the good doctor finds that he is intrigued by his grandfather’s legacy and takes up the family business to hilarious results. Young Frankenstein is full of the sight gags and word play that made Brooks famous, but it is enhanced by stunning black and white cinematography and a cast worth dying and coming back to life for. Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, and Cloris Leachman are among the supporting players who help Wilder and Brooks make this film the defining work of their careers.
Introduction is being provided by James Paasche, PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication and Culture.
Presented in preparation for The Mel Brooks Musical - Young Frankenstein – at the IU Auditorium.