Known and appreciated in the artistic milieu as one of the one of the most influential comedians of Hollywood, Mel Brooks It is seen as a living legend that has made you laugh out loud for generations.
At 24 years of age, Melvin Kaminski it would take the stage name by which it is still remembered. Whether as an actor, directing behind the scenes or writing scripts, Brooks he knew how to bring satire and parody to situations beyond the absurd.
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Despite having been away from management for more than 20 years, Brooks He has been constant as an occasional voice actor and as a production. Here are some of the best movies in which Brooks served as director.
The Producers (1967)
Debut film by Brooks as a director, whose approach to controversial issues made him the target of strong criticism, making it a cult object and later a musical theater work in Broadway.
Zero Mostel Y Gene Wilder respectively play a corrupt theater producer and a shy accountant plotting to get rich by making the worst musical work ever created, based on the Nazi Germany.
The film raised controversy as it was made at a time when it was not common to use the figure of Adolph Hitler as a comic element, in addition to his exaggerated stereotypes about the world of theater and entertainment.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Free adaptation and as a parody of the work of Mary Shelley. The young man Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous doctor, returns to Transylvania to try to clean up the image of your ancestor.
Shot in black and white under the insistence of Brooks, the film used some of the instruments used in the 1931 film starring Boris Karloff. It is considered one of the best performances in the career of Gene Wilder and keeps the position 13 of the 100 funniest movies of the American Film Institute.
Silent Movie (1976)
Brooks continues with the parodies in this meta story about silent cinema. Here he himself interprets Mel Funn, a filmmaker who has not managed to work in the world of cinema due to his drinking problem.
It is then when he decides to return to the panorama with a silent film (a format that the same story adopts from the beginning). Personalities like Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds Y Paul Newman they parade across the screen without us hearing their voices. Except (ironically) for mime Marcel Marceau.
History of the World Part 1 (1981)
Parodying documentary cinema and with the narration of Orson Welles, the film tells of four important historical periods of humanity: The Stone Age, the Roman Empire, the Spanish Inquisition and the French Revolution.
Not lacking in controversy, there are also re-enactments of biblical events such as “the ten commandments” and “the last supper.”
Being released four years after “Return of the Jedi”And with the fans for Star Wars somewhat downcast, the film makes a complete mockery of the trilogy and its most characteristic elements.
Tom Hanks (and also Cruise) would reject the role that would end up at the hands of Bill Pullman (Lone Starr), a sort of outlaw in the style of Han Solo. It also highlights the presence of Rick Moranis What Darth Helmet as the former roommate of his father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin.
The film had the full approval of George Lucas, whose company was in charge of making the special effects.