Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner at the American CInematheque

American Cinematheque Presents...

Your Show of Shows:
A Laugh-Out-Loud Weekend
with Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner

July 22-28, 2010

American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90028

Read about this series on our website.
In the early 1950s, NBC's variety show YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS provided Americans with a weekly dose of top-notch comedy and music, courtesy of Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca and a group of spectacular featured performers. The program also showcased the early work of some of the best comedy writers in the business, including Neil Simon, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, who would later re-create his experiences with his own "The Dick Van Dyke Show." The American Cinematheque is proud to present a selection of YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS sketches as well as films inspired by the series (MY FAVORITE YEAR) and written and directed by its most beloved artists, Carl Reiner (ENTER LAUGHING, THE JERK, DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID, THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS) and Mel Brooks (BLAZING SADDLES, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, SILENT MOVIE, HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1).
Thursday, July 22 - 7:30 PM: Richard Benjamin In Person!

Double Feature:
MY FAVORITE YEAR
1982
Warner Bros., 92 min. Dir. Richard Benjamin.
Mark Linn-Baker stars as Benjy Stone, junior writer on a 1950s TV comedy-variety series who is assigned to keep alcoholic matinee idol Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole) out of trouble during rehearsals and deliver him sober to the performance.
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HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART I
1981
20th Century Fox, 92 min.
Mel Brooks is at his most inventive in this collection of sketches that provides a comedic survey of man's past, including the inquisition (which provides the basis for one of the funniest production numbers of the director's career) and the stone age. Orson Welles narrates this parody of sweeping Hollywood epics, and the cast is comprised of comedy legends: Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, Sid Caesar, and Henny Youngman, among others.
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Discussion between films with Richard Benjamin.

Friday, July 23 - 7:30 PM: Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner In Person!
Double Feature:

10 FROM YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS
1973
92 min., Dir. Max Liebman.
A compilation of sketches from the comedy-variety series starring Sid Caesar telecast live on the NBC television network from 1950 to 1954.


ENTER LAUGHING
1967
Sony Repertory, 112 min. Dir. Carl Reiner.
Reni Santoni plays a young Jewish man who dreams of becoming a comedian during the Depression. His parents think working in the family drugstore is a safer bet. The supporting cast includes Shelley Winters, Elaine May, Jose Ferrer, Jack Gilford, Janet Margolin and Michael J. Pollard.

Mel Brooks (schedule permitting) and Carl Reiner in person between films.


Saturday, July 24 - 7:30 PM: Carl Reiner In Person!

Double Feature:

THE JERK
1979
Universal, 94 min. Dir. Carl Reiner.
Steve Martin plays the lovable idiot Navin R. Johnson, who leaves his poor black family behind to see the world. Bernadette Peters sings, dances, throws knives and plays the trumpet while M. Emmet Walsh shoots and curses his way into film history.
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DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID
1982
Universal, 88 min. Dir. Carl Reiner.
Steve Martin is a private eye who interacts with Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck and Alan Ladd thanks to gorgeous black-and-white cinematography and some extremely creative editing.
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Discussion between films with Carl Reiner.


Sunday, July 25 - 7:30 PM: Mel Brooks In Person!

Walk of Fame 50th Anniversary! Double Feature:

BLAZING SADDLES
1974
Warner Bros., 93 min.
Director Mel Brooks’ third film as director took his politically-incorrect humor (with a screenplay co-written by RichardPryor) to new levels of hilarity. A corrupt politician appoints a black sheriff to cause havoc in a Western town, but is surprised when the new lawman (Cleavon Little) becomes a force to be reckoned with. With Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Harvey Korman.
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SILENT MOVIE
1976
20th Century Fox, 87 min.
Director Mel Brooks plays a washed-up film director who sees a new silent film production as the way to save both his career and Hollywood, and he enlists the aid of pals Dom DeLuise and Marty Feldman.
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Discussion between films with Mel Brooks (schedule permitting).


Wednesday, July 28 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:


YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
1974
20th Century Fox, 105 min. Dir. Mel Brooks.
Gene Wilder (who co-wrote the script) stars as Dr. Frankenstein struggling to breathe life into tap-dancing monster Peter Boyle, with help from hunchback assistant Marty Feldman, lusty Teri Garr, neurotic Madeline Kahn and Frau Blucher herself, Cloris Leachman.
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THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS
1983
Warner Bros., 93 min. Dir. Carl Reiner.
Brain surgeon Steve Martin is saddled with a horrible wife (Kathleen Turner), until he comes up with the perfect solution: transplanting the brain of a sweet, romantic woman into his nasty spouse’s gorgeous body.
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For more information about what is onscreen at the Egyptian & Aero Theatres, parking information and more, see our website.
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