YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: The Story of the Making of the Film by Mel Brooks with Foreword by Judd Apatow Available NOW
With original interviews and hilarious commentary, legendary writer and director Mel Brooks reveals the story behind the creation of one of his greatest films
Mel Brooks is a legendary Hollywood icon and comedic genius who revolutionized the way films would forever be created, and stories told. All of his films are timeless works of art that are watched and re-watched by fans every year, but Young Frankenstein (1974) is considered by many to be his finest. Young Frankenstein: The Story of the Making of the Film by Mel Brooks with Rebecca Keegan offers fans an unprecedented glimpse behind-the-scenes of the movie that Brooks himself considers to be his greatest work as a writer-director.
Brooks fell in love with movies at an early age because they transported him and opened his eyes to a world beyond his own life as a poor Jewish kid from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. And while James Whale’s Frankenstein may have terrified a five-year-old Brooks at his first cinema viewing, it would ultimately serve as inspiration for him and collaborator Gene Wilder to create the cult classic Young Frankenstein, a movie the Judd Apatow calls ‘perfect… the comedy equivalent of Sgt Pepper or The Great Gatsby’ in his foreword to the book.
For all moviegoers, Brooks fans, and comedy enthusiasts, Young Frankenstein is truly a gift. All-telling, witty, and fascinating, the book provides us with the story of how Gene Wilder and Brooks came together to explore Wilder’s idea for the film, hundreds of never-before-seen black & white and colour photographs from the set, and contemporary interviews with the cast and crew, including the gifted director of photography Gerald Hirschfield, Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman, veteran producer Michael Gruskoff, and most notably, legendary writer-director Mel Brooks himself.
“Of all my films, I am the proudest of this one. My hope was that Young Frankenstein would transport audiences the way I was transported as a kid sitting in the dark in Williamsburg watching James Whale’s Frankenstein. I think we succeeded, and in this book I will show you how we did it.” –Mel Brooks, from the Introduction of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Mel Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer and songwriter. Brooks is best know as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies including The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part 1, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men In Tights. More recently, he had a smash hit on Broadway with the musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers. An EGOT winner, he received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009, the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award in 2013, a British Film Institute Fellowship in 2015, and a BAFTA Fellowship in 2017.
This year, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein comes to life in an all-singing, all-dancing musical collaboration with Tony-award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman, and an all-star cast featuring
Hadley Fraser, Lesley Joseph and Ross Noble.
Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein opens at The Theatre Royal Newcastle on 26th Aug until 9th Sept, then onto the Garrick Theatre in London from 28th Sept – 10th Feb 2018.
See the original movie of Young Frankenstein starring Gene Wilder with a very special introduction from Mel Brooks. Exclusive screenings nationwide on Wednesday, 27th September.