Wednesday, October 29, 2014

‘Young Frankenstein’ comes alive

Mel Brooks’ classic comedy to be screened for Halloween

Express Staff Writer

In “Young Frankenstein,” Gene Wilder plays a mad scientist who implants an abnormal brain into a corpse he brings back to life.
Courtesy photo

    In time for a hilarious Halloween weekend, the Magic Lantern Film Society will present “Young Frankenstein” on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m., at the Ketchum movie theater. Admission is $5 and costumes are welcome.
    “Young Frankenstein” (1974) is perhaps the most interesting adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic novel “Frankenstein.” A box office smash, the 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks stars Gene Wilder as the title character—a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein.
    “This is a brilliant send-up of the classic horror films from Universal studios in the 1930s,” said Magic Lantern Cinemas owner Rick Kessler. “It’s also, without a doubt, Mel Brooks’ funniest and most fully realized film.”
    The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn and Gene Hackman. Wilder gives an unforgettable performance along with other members of the cast. The Oscar-nominated screenplay was written by Wilder and Brooks. To maintain the atmosphere of the original Frankenstein films, Brooks shot the film in black and white.
    “One of my favorite memories during the original 1975 run of ‘Young Frankenstein’ at the old single-screen Magic Lantern was to walk down the aisle to the front row of the theater and then slowly walk back seeing every face in a packed house convulsed in laughter,” Kessler said. “It was a sight to behold.”
    The series “Thursday Nights at The Lantern” are presented by Magic Lantern Cinemas and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts to expand the offerings of independent, documentary and classic films in the Wood River Valley.

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