A Night at the Movies: Young Frankenstein (1974)

Presented by Theo Siegel, writer, researcher, and television professional who has worked for E! Entertainment, CBS, and the History Channel
Get spooked on Thursdays in October when A Night at the Movies presents classic Halloween thrillers in our state-of-the-art Norma Kershaw Auditorium. A Night at the Movies presents classic films from the 1930s to the 1970s, with engaging discussions led by film expert Theo Siegel. Get a glimpse behind-the-scenes and learn why some films broke the box office while others brought in frighteningly low numbers.

Young Frankenstein (1974, 106 min): The 1974 comedy horror film directed by Mel Brooks, is a loving homage to and parody of the classic horror genre created by Universal in the 30s and 40s. Much of the lab equipment used as props in the film were used in the original 1931 Frankenstein and were created by and credited to set designer and electrician Ken Strickfaden. Brooks shot the film in black and white and used scene transitions, cuts and opening credits in the style of films from the 1930s. The script was based on an idea by Gene Wilder who co-wrote the screenplay with Mel Brooks. Unlike previous and subsequent films of Mel Brooks, in which he plays a major character, Wilder insisted that Brooks not appear in the film. Gene Wilder couldn’t stop laughing and breaking out of character while shooting most of his scenes and Brooks had such a good time making the film he kept adding scenes so that the cast could remain together and continue shooting. Learn about these interesting facts and many more from "the movie guy" as we talk about Young Frankenstein starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman and Teri Garr and then show the film.

Doors open at 5:30 PM; film discussion at 6:30 PM; screening at 7 PM

*Join us at 5:30 PM for a special docent-led Halloween tour! 

Location: Fluor Gallery (upstairs) 

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October 10, 2019 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm