A few notes on last night's viewing of Young Frankenstein
- Brooks was really unsure about my favorite scene. According to the "Making of" documentary included with the DVD (which is mostly Wilder, Brooks did not participate), Brooks called it a 'conceit' to Wilder's face, but backed down when Wilder reacted strongly. An entry in TVTropes says Brooks only decided to keep the scene after seeing the crew struggling to not laugh during filming.
- "For safety's sake - DON'T HUMILIATE HIM!"
- Those cool laboratory sets? Some are from the original Frankenstein movies.
- In previous viewings I found Frau Blücher tiresome. Now I find her hilarious.
- "He was MY BOYFRIEND!"
- Teri Garr, man. Wow. One of a very small number of modern black and white screen goddesses. See under "The camera is in love with..." (Interesting compare and contrast: Patti Boyd in A Hard Day's Night).
- This movie looks great. In the DVD commentary cinematographer Gerald Hirschfeld explains that the overall photography was intended to be like the original Universal Pictures films, but - at Brooks' insistence - more so. But when they did interior close-ups, having established the settings, they would zoom in and put a lot of light around the actors. This brought to mind an episode in Kevin Brownlow's The Parade's Gone By in which a group of silent movie enthusiasts brought von Sternberg into a London studio in the 1960s to learn how he set up a shot, and were stunned as he transformed a local model into a luminous near-Dietrich:
- Ok, in my teen years I sort of missed the significance of the book in secret library: How I did it, by Victor Frankenstein. Not available on Amazon, but Goodreads reviewers clearly enjoyed it.
Also, I always wondered who that great character actor was:
|Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein|