Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is one of those novels. If we did not read the novel, we have watched at least one of the numerous film adaptations.
Published in 1818, The Morgan Library is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the book and the history of the narrative in the exhibit, It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200.
Containing manuscripts, images, movie posters, and other memorabilia, the exhibit lays out the history of Frankenstein from a novel to a cultural icon that still lives with us 200 years after it’s premiere.
I truly enjoyed this exhibit. The exhibit is laid out in such a way that the visitor is not overwhelmed by dry academic facts. It starts off with Mary Shelley, takes the reader through her life, the publishing of the novel, the reaction of the public and finally to the various adaptations that have come about over the years. It is fun, entertaining and educational without hitting the visitor over the head.
I recommend it.
The Morgan Library is located at 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016. It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200 will be at The Morgan Library until January 27th, 2019. Check the website for ticket prices and hours.
Ask any comedian over the last forty years and they will probably tell you that Mel Brooks is a comedy g-d.
On this Throwback Thursday post, I’m going to talk about Young Frankenstein And To Be Or Not To Be
Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) is the grandson of the original Dr. Frankenstein. After years of trying to remove himself from his familial past, he is pulled back in and attempts to re-create his grandfather’s work. Co starring the late Peter Boyle (the monster), Marty Feldman (Igor), Teri Garr (Inga) and the late great Madeline Kahn (Elizabeth).
What can I say about this movie? It is immensely quotable and beyond funny. Brooks retains the origins of Mary Shelley’s original novel while putting his own stamp on the story.
And now for your viewing pleasure, the trailer for Young Frankenstein:
I’m also including Putting On The Ritz, it’s the funniest scene in the film.
To Be or Not To Be
To Be Or Not To Be is Brook’s 1983 remake of the 1942 original film starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard.
Just before World War II, a Polish acting troupe led by Frederick and Anna Bronski (Brooks and his late wife, Anne Bancroft) is preparing for their next production when they learn that it has to be scrapped. The Nazis are massing on the borders of Poland. When Anna starts receiving flowers and visits from a young Polish officer (Tim Matheson), the entire troupe becomes involved in the war.
Brooks and his collaborators kept much of the original screenplay intact while putting their own spin on the film. As he did in The Producers, Brooks taking the sting out of the Nazis (as much as one can), while pointing out the absurdity of their beliefs. This movie is perfect and funny and always enjoyable.
I recommend both films.