Young Frankenstein

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1hr 56mins // directed by:Mel Brooks // featuring:Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman // 35mm

"Some varm milk…perhaps?” Director Mel Brooks turns the Frankenstein legend into comic gold in this inspired parody of 1930s Universal horror classics, filmed in gorgeous black and white and recreating in loving detail the look and feel of the original movies.

Young neurosurgeon Frederick Frankenstein (co-writer Gene Wilder) has spent his entire life trying to live down his family’s reputation by altering the pronunciation of his name (“That’s Fronkensteen”) and rejecting his infamous grandfather’s experiments in reanimating dead tissue (“My grand­father … was a very … sick … man). But when he is forced to visit the old family castle in Transylvania and discovers grandad’s lab journal (“How I Did It” by Victor Frankenstein), he embraces his destiny: to succeed where his ancestor failed. With the help of a salvaged corpse, a purloined brain, and an electrical storm, Frederick creates his monster (Peter Boyle) and brings him to life, with hilariously unintended consequences. Wilder is supported by one of the best comedic casts ever assembled, including Teri Garr as voluptuous lab assistant Inga, Marty Feldman as pop-eyed hunchback Igor, Cloris Leachman as fearsome housekeeper Frau Blücher (cue horse whinny), and the late, great Madeline Kahn as Frederick’s high-strung fiancée, who finds sweet mystery in unexpected quarters. Woof!

“Life! Do you hear me? Give my creation…life!" - Frederick Fronkensteen

Back in 1786, Italian scientist Luigi Galvani discovered that a frog’s severed leg muscles twitched whenever he touched a nerve with his electrostatically charged scalpel. Among those intrigued by his work in animal electricity was young author Mary Shelley, who used galvanism – the idea that electricity could animate matter – as the basis for her novel Frankenstein. Other scientists expanded on Galvani’s work, but i