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Directors DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of MEL BROOKS

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  1. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of MEL BROOKS

    Rank ‘em, rate ‘em, review ‘em or whatever.

    MEL BROOKS

    Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
    Life Stinks (1991)
    Spaceballs (1987)
    An Audience with Mel Brooks (1983) (TV)
    History of the World: Part I (1981)
    High Anxiety (1977)
    Silent Movie (1976)
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Blazing Saddles (1974)
    The Twelve Chairs (1970)
    The Producers (1968)
     
  2. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    Ratings out of [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]


    MEL BROOKS (1926 - )


    Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Life Stinks (1991) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Spaceballs (1987) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    An Audience with Mel Brooks (1983)
    History of the World: Part I (1981) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    High Anxiety (1977) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Silent Movie (1976) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Young Frankenstein (1974) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Blazing Saddles (1974)
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    The Twelve Chairs (1970) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Producers (1968) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

     
  3. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
    Life Stinks (1991)
    Spaceballs (1987)
    An Audience with Mel Brooks (1983) (TV)
    History of the World: Part I (1981)
    High Anxiety (1977)
    Silent Movie (1976)
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Blazing Saddles (1974)
    The Twelve Chairs (1970)
    The Producers (1968)


    Bolded films I've seen.
     
  4. Steve Christou

    Steve Christou Long Member

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    Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Spaceballs (1987) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    History of the World: Part I (1981) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    High Anxiety (1977) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Silent Movie (1976) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Young Frankenstein (1974) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Blazing Saddles (1974) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Twelve Chairs (1970) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Producers (1968)
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    Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, two of my all time favorite comedies, both permanently placed in my top 50 favorite films.[​IMG]

    Rankings

    1)Blazing Saddles (tie)
    1)Young Frankenstein (tie)
    2)History of the World P.1
    3)High Anxiety
    4)Spaceballs
    5)Silent Movie
    6)The Producers
    7)Robin Hood: Men in Tights
    8)Dracula: Dead and Loving It
    9)The Twelve Chairs
     
  5. Eric Peterson

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    Mel is hard one to rank, because he has two undeniable comic masterpieces and then a bunch of other stuff.

    Young Frankenstein [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Blazing Saddles [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Producers [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    History of the World Pt. 1 [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    High Anxiety [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    Spaceballs [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Dracula Dead & Loving It [​IMG]

    Haven't seen
    The Twelve Chairs
    Robin Hood
    Life Stinks
    Silent Movie
     
  6. Brook K

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    1. Blazing Saddles - A
    2. Spaceballs - B
    3. History Of The World, Part I - B


    4. The Producers - C
    5. Young Frankenstein - F


    Own: 0


    I may have seen Life Stinks and not remember it. I've seen bits of Robin Hood on TV. Not really interested in anything else.
     
  7. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Truly deserving of the "great" accolade as a director, if for nothing more than the masterpiece that is Young Frankenstein, a far better film than anything ever directed by Godard, Dreyer, Mizoguchi, Bunuel, Fassbinder, Tarkovsky, Murnau, Renoir, Truffaut, Roeg, Antonioni, Visconti, von Trier, Cocteau, Sirk or Kazan.

    MEL BROOKS

    Seen: 7
    Like: 6
    Own: 5

    Rank order:

    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Blazing Saddles (1974)
    The Producers (1968)
    High Anxiety (1977)
    Life Stinks (1991)
    The Twelve Chairs (1970)
    History of the World: Part I (1981)
     
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    WOW!! I've known some people that didn't think it was as funny as most people, but an F??? Did you have a bad experience watching this as a child?[​IMG]
     
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    Nice one George, that's what I want to see.[​IMG] Bill and Brook will shudder when they read that, a Mel Brooks film better than the films of their favorite Sight & Sound-luvvies, never![​IMG]
     
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    Yeah wassup, that's more than Battlefield Earth would get, Young Fronkonsteen gets an F, was it that awful? [​IMG]
     
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    Mel Brooks is the president of the Society of Diminishing Returns for me

    Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) - D+
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) - C
    Life Stinks (1991) - C
    Spaceballs (1987) - B-
    History of the World: Part I (1981) - C+
    High Anxiety (1977) - B-
    Silent Movie (1976) - B
    Young Frankenstein (1974)- A
    Blazing Saddles (1974) - A
    The Producers (1968) - A
     
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    Rated from
     
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    No, just my honest opinion, which I was motivated to forcefully state by seeing one of the greatest movies of all time denigrated as an F.
     
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    Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Spaceballs (1987) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    History of the World: Part I (1981) - [​IMG][​IMG]
    Young Frankenstein (1974) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]1/2
    Blazing Saddles (1974) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Producers (1968) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Spaceballs
    Producers
    Blazing Saddles
    Young Frankenstein
    Robin Hood
    History
     
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    Brook K Lead Actor

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    kjh
     
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    Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) [​IMG][​IMG]
    Spaceballs (1987) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    History of the World: Part I (1981) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Young Frankenstein (1974) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Blazing Saddles (1974) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Mario Gauci Screenwriter

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    First of all, I 'd like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Mel Brooks for the recent loss of his very talented wife, Anne Bancroft.

    Now, in order of merit:


    1.Young Frankenstein (1974) ***1/2
    2.Blazing Saddles (1974) ***1/2
    3.The Producers (1968) ***1/2
    4.The Twelve Chairs (1970) ***
    5.High Anxiety (1977) **1/2
    6.Silent Movie (1976) **1/2
    7.History of the World: Part I (1981) **1/2
    8.Spaceballs (1987) **
    9.Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) **


    In many ways, Mel Brooks reminds me of John Carpenter in that both film-makers, after an impressive initial outburst of creativity, saw their careers peter out really fast and, although they kept working irregularly (Carpenter, admittedly, less so), their subsequent work suffers immeasurably in comparison with the classics they made their reputations on.


    Joe,

    You seem to like SPACEBALLS an awful lot[​IMG]! Actually, I've considered picking up that recent SE DVD but, in all honesty, I have my doubts as to how tolerable it would be nowadays; of course, as a kid I enjoyed it but, even though my critical faculties where less sharp then[​IMG], one could already sense a distinct falling-off in quality...
     
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    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Mario,

    I tend to agree with you about Brook's later works, however, you might want to check out Life Stinks. While not the classic that Young Frankenstein, etc. is, I think it's a highlight of his later career, and quite enjoyable (as long as you're not expecting Blazing Saddles, etc.)
     
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    Quote (originally posted by George Kaplan):

    "Mario,

    I tend to agree with you about Brook's later works, however, you might want to check out Life Stinks. While not the classic that Young Frankenstein, etc. is, I think it's a highlight of his later career, and quite enjoyable (as long as you're not expecting Blazing Saddles, etc.)"



    George,

    I'd certainly be interested in checking LIFE STINKS (1991) out...but only if you retract the following statement of yours (since you've picked on 5 of my favorites)[​IMG]:

    "Truly deserving of the "great" accolade as a director, if for nothing more than the masterpiece that is Young Frankenstein, a far better film than anything ever directed by Godard, Dreyer, Mizoguchi, Bunuel, Fassbinder, Tarkovsky, Murnau, Renoir, Truffaut, Roeg, Antonioni, Visconti, von Trier, Cocteau, Sirk or Kazan."


    Seriously, though: while I'm as confused as anyone else here about Brook giving an F grade to YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974)[​IMG]...although hopelessly misguided[​IMG], one can't say that you haven't the courage of your convictions[​IMG]!
     

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