Professor Susan Malmo
23 July 2016
Major Filmmaker and Major Works: Name of Filmmaker and Works
Brooks was born Melvin James Kaminsky on June 28, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York. His father's family were Jews from Danzig, Germany (present-day Gdańsk, Poland); his mother's family were Jews from Kyiv, in the Pale of Settlement of the Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine). He had three older brothers: Irving, Lenny, and Bernie. Brooks' father died of kidney disease at 34 when Brooks was two years old.He has said of his father's death, "there's an outrage there. I may be angry at God, or at the world, for that. And I'm sure a lot of my ...view middle of the document...
Buster Keaton holds a special place in Brooks' heart. Brooks was introduced to Buster's work as a youngster growing up in Brooklyn. Thanks to silent movie houses on Coney Island, Brooks made a discovery that would stay with him for the rest of his life. In an interview Mel brooks recalls , "We'd go there, and we'd get a frankfurter, a root beer and a boiled-to-death ear of corn at Feldman's, which was before Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs. In the back, they had a silent movie theater. Thanks to silent movie houses on Coney Island, Brooks made a discovery that that would stay with him for the rest of his life. He recalls, "We'd go there, and we'd get a frankfurter, a root beer and a boiled-to-death ear of corn at Feldman's, which was before Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs." In the back, they had a silent movie theater. The screen was just a white sheet, they had this flickering machine, that was the first time I saw this angel with a white face and these beautiful eyes. I knew this was something special. It was the first time I saw (Keaton). He wore a flat pancake of a hat, and I just couldn't believe the man's grace".
What Mel Brooks is Most Known for
He is known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. He became well known as part of the comedy duo with Carl Reiner in the comedy skit, The 2000 Year Old Man. He also created, with Buck Henry, the hit television comedy series, Get Smart, which ran from 1965 to 1970.He became well known as part of the comedy duo with Carl Reiner in the comedy skit, The 2000 Year Old Man. He also created, with Buck Henry, the hit television comedy series, Get Smart, which ran from 1965 to 1970. In middle age, Brooks became one of the most successful film directors of the 1970s. His best-known films include The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I,Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. A musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers, ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2007. In addition to appearing onscreen in his own projects, Brooks started his own production company, Brooksfilms, with the desire to push forth more serious fare. Brooksfilms has produced movies like The Elephant Man (1980), To Be or Not to Be (1983)—in which Brooks and his wife, actress Anne Bancroft, co-starred—and The Fly (1986).
How Highly is Mel Brooks Regarded
Mel Brooks is often regarded as one of Hollywood's funniest men. Chicago critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert have called him one of the most successful comedy directors in the world today. Thanks to such highly successful films as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. Which ranked in the top 20 list in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 comedy films of the past 100 years (1900-2000). In 2001, he won an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar. Mel Brooks joined a small list of EGOT winners...