The Producers (1968) and Blazing Saddles (1974) honed one of the great Hollywood dream teams. Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder were in top form when Wilder’s pet project Young Frankenstein was due to be shot on a modest budget from a weary studio. The result is one of the greatest comedy spoofs. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Wilder) is a young scientist trying to separate himself from his grandfather’s legacy of wild experiments. On track to marry a wealthy socialite (Madeleine Kahn), Frankenstein is side tracked when he inherits his grandfather’s castle. There he meets the stern Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman), the bizarre manservant Igor (Marty Feldman), and Inga (Teri Garr) his new assistant who often unintentionally distracts him from his engagement. Frankenstein’s surroundings and newfound associates drive him to madness and instill in him a desire to continue his grandfather’s infamous experiments.
Shot in black and white to imitate the look of the early Universal monster movies it pays homage to and with one of the greatest ensemble casts ever assembled, Young Frankenstein has become a favorite of horror and comedy fans.
Playing Saturday, January 28, 2017-7:00
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910