A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
The scariest comedy of all time!
A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, Frau Blucher. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather was delusional, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind...
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“Stay close to the candles. The stairway can be...treacherous.”
Picture it: A dark and shadowy castle, Gothic and candlelit. Cobwebs and cobblestones. The sky is heavy with clouds, yet the moon glows ominously. Perhaps it is raining—at the very least, it is damp and dank. The castle contains multitudinous passageways—staircases, hidden hallways, secret lairs. Every room is cavernous, yet the shadows press down, suffocating the space. Large, ominous portraits hang on the walls, their eyes seeming to follow the inhabitants.
You can see it in your mind, can’t you? Your image and mine are essentially the same. It wouldn’t always have been that way. A given set of words can conjure only so many images, to be…
I stand by that all great comedy comes down to playing with your expectations. This is part of the reason why Mel Brooks has always been my favorite comedian. He plays with genre tropes like a fine violin of comedy, tricking those expecting one thing, and then taking them to another form of realty when we least expect it.
"Young Frankenstein" has always been one of my favorites from him, or hell, just in general, for about a few years now. Yet it wasn't until now that I recognize this as not only a great comedy, but a genuine masterpiece from Brooks and crew.
From the very opening, a slow pan in shot of a beautifully painted background of the…
One of the best comedies ever made. It's that simple.
All these modern 'movie spoofs' can learn a thing or two from this film. Parody is a powerful thing when done right.
The only downside of this film is that it always makes me remember how much I miss Wilder's comedic genius.
His and old fish eyes' of course.
Even though Young Frankenstein is one of my mom and stepdad's favorite movies (and one of the few movies they actually have on DVD), I have somehow managed not to see it until now!
The entire cast was fantastic although it was a bit hard not to notice that the female characters had to be so hypersexual and not quite as well-written, with almost all of the jokes surrounding their characters referring to sex. Maybe it can just be chocked up to the sexual exploration of the 1970s and the fact that the female comic wasn't taken quite as seriously yet (some would argue they're still not taken very seriously as compliments for women in comedy usually range from "she's…
Often quoted as Mel Brooks' masterpiece, Young Frankenstein is not only a love letter to the horror genre, but a love letter to cinema itself. Reconstructing Mary Shelley's novel, Mel Brooks creates a story around Frankenstein's grandson, who ends up taking the same course of his ancestor when he repeats his grandad's experience after discovering his instruction manual.
Young Frankenstein is composed of a chilling beauty, it's pure expressionism. As a tribute to the German Expressionist movement—something that is immediately felt through Gerald Hirschfeld's cinematography—Mel Brooks provides us another genius comedy that ridicules its source material (be it Mary Shelley's novel or Whale's film) & that happens to be hilarious.
Comparing to Spaceballs (which was the last movie I saw from…
Few things have ever been funnier than young Gene Wilder shouting. (I imagine it would be considerably less amusing if he were shouting today, though he could probably put together a fantastic "get off my lawn" .gif.) But the film's genius is how seriously it takes everything except the jokes, faithfully replicating the look of Universal's '30s horror and constructing a credible narrative framework that serves to heighten the absurdity. Wilder's opening lecture, for example, could pass for the real thing if you selectively removed all the funny bits, which is precisely what makes them so funny. (Though even then you'd still get his magnificent delivery: "We would collapse. Like a bunch. Of broccoli!") And Brooks' borscht-belt instincts are…
Amazing comedy moulded from such a strong place of love and affection for both the project and everything it was inspired by.
Mel Brooks himself has characterised this as not his funniest film (he considers that to be Blazing Saddles with The Producers not far behind) but the one that was best written and best made. On re-examination after a lot of years (hadn't seen this since I was in high school, probably around 1988 or 89), that strikes me as an astute and accurate observation. Having had a megahit with Blazing Saddles, another classic Hollywood genre parody/homage must've seemed in order, and his star Gene Wilder came up with the very thing while they were still making that film: an update of Frankenstein where the good doctor's descendant is appalled by his ancestor's antics but finds himself drawn into carrying on…
For all the energy, wit and charisma Gene Wilder brings (as always), and for every scene between him and Madeline Kahn as his beautifully off-putting bride to be, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN will always be Marty Feldman’s movie.
Frankenstein and Frankenstein's monster do Puttin' On the Ritz, I can't really ask for anything more out of this hilariously absurd comedy!
Why I re-watched this one? I wanted to hear the Mel Brooks commentary on this one.
What is this one about? An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
My thoughts on this one? This is a comedy classic that looks amazing in black and white. A movie that seems to get better each year. Worth checking out. My review on the Brooks commentary. I enjoyed his commentary....Brooks shared lots of the behind scenes activity. My favorite tidbits: (1) Gene Hackman got his role because he played tennis with Gene Wilder. (2) Marty Feldman was…
Always a pleasure, this one. Young Frankenstein is definitely Brooks' best film visually and thematically, but it isn't as filled with comedy as his other works. Nonetheless, Young Frankenstein may be one of his funniest movies---Gene Wilder's acting and writing bring the whole thing together. Gotta love it.
Gene Wilder's eyes are so pretty and his hair is so poofy. That's a good combination
It always seems to have a few more duds (as far as gags go) than I remember, and Gene Wilder screaming every other line does occasionally get tedious, but it's still one of my favourite Mel Brooks movies, owing in no small part to Marty Feldman and Cloris Leachman who are just pitch perfect doing this kind of comedy.
Obviously hilarious, but also very visually beautiful. Igor steals every scene.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…