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Let’s go back to 1974.
If we have to explain to you what this movie is all about then you’ve clearly been under a rock or are too young and have no clue about history.
Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle (long before Everybody Love Raymand) the characters, their one-liners, their dialog, their reactions to dialog and visuals in the film are unlike any other movie made, this is what a perfect 10 looks like.
Young Frankenstein was by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein, and Peter Boyle as the monster. The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn, and Gene Hackman. The screenplay was written by Wilder and Brooks.
The film is a parody of the classic horror film genre, in particular the various film adaptations of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein produced by Universal Pictures in the 1930s.
Much of the lab equipment used as props was created by Kenneth Strickfaden for the 1931 film Frankenstein.
To help evoke the atmosphere of the earlier films, Brooks shot the picture entirely in black and white, a rarity in the 1970s, and employed 1930s’ style opening credits and scene transitions such as iris outs, wipes, and fades to black.
Take a look at just some of the awards the movie had won.
Academy Award for Best Sound, Richard Portman and Gene Cantamessa (1975)
Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay, Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder (1975)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Cloris Leachman (1975)
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Madeline Kahn (1975)
WGA Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium, Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder (1975)
Cloris Leachman was nominated as a lead despite Madeline Kahn having far more screen time.
Among so many accolades, the film was a huge hit in 1974. In 2003, it was deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the United States National Film Preservation Board, and selected for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry. It was later adapted by Brooks and Thomas Meehan as a stage musical.
The film budget was under three millions dollars and at the end of it all, the movie brought in over 86 million dollars at the box office.
Source: Sal Amato