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10 items from 2011


Scary Monsters 2011, Round 3

27 October 2011 2:14 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Following rounds 1 and 2, this one will take us right on through the countdown to Halloween and will surely be the most actively updated of the bunch. Best to begin, then, by grounding it in a classic, so we turn to David Kalat: "Frankenstein isn't a science fiction story about an arrogant scientist who intrudes on God's domain, it's a metaphor about our relationship to God." That's his argument, and I'll let him explain, but I want to pull back to a couple of earlier sentences in his piece. Mary Shelley's novel, "and the 1910 film version, treated the 'science' of Frankenstein as just so much folderol, a MacGuffin to introduce the artificial man into the story. Whale was so good at providing a reasonably convincing visualization of reviving the dead — no, more than that, a stunningly satisfying visualization of reviving the dead — it focused popular attention on that part of »

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Exclusive: New Marty Feldman Bio Goes Behind the Scenes of Young Frankenstein

24 October 2011 10:30 AM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

This week brings film buffs and comedy devotees alike the pleasure of Marty Feldman: The Biography of a Comedy Legend, author Robert Ross's revelatory new chronicle of the turbulent life and premature death of the titular British TV and film comic. An aspiring jazz musician-turned-comedian known predominantly for the pop-eyed visage he brought to his acting, writing and directing projects, Feldman's broad influence on British comedy of the '60s receives a close look from interview subjects including Michael Palin, Terry Jones and, from tapes recorded for his unfinished memoir, even Feldman himself. But his impact hardly ended there -- as anyone who's seen Young Frankenstein knows. »

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Notes from Brian: On Marty Feldman and Chemistry on Cinemax

16 September 2011 3:04 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Brian’s been reading Marty Feldman. He’s also been making TV shows. Find out about both below!

It’s always fascinating (to me, at least) when gurus come in to record commentaries, if only because that moment is a nice little reflection of their viewing habits and what they’re currently enthusiastic about. Same goes for when we get notes in our inbox (which we encourage more of!) because it’s genuinely nice to see where the various creatives involved with helping our little site keep getting their energy to do so.

So when Brian Trenchard-Smith emailed us to tell us he’d been reading the biography of Marty Feldman, he had a little more to say, seeing as he once worked with the man. Here’s Brian:

I had the pleasure of directing Marty Feldman back in 1972 for an Australian TV Special. Two years earlier, I had worked »

- Danny

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Book Review: Marty Feldman – The Biography of a Comedy Legend

21 August 2011 4:53 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Marty Feldman: The Biography Of A Comedy Legend

Written by Robert Ross | Published by Titan Books | Format: H/back, 320pp

Mike Myers regards him as ‘a genius’, while John Cleese considers him a ‘true cultural icon’. A pioneer of comedy, he died aged only 48. His name was Marty Feldman, and here, at last, is the first ever biography. Paving the way for Monty Python, then becoming a major Hollywood star, Marty will be forever remembered as Igor in Mel BrooksYoung Frankenstein.”

Acclaimed author Robert Ross, who has previously penned books on Monty Python and the Carry On films, draws from previously unpublished material that Feldman gathered together in preparation for an autobiography he never wrote. Ross combines this material with new interviews with many of Marty’s family and friends – including Monty Python’s Michael Palin and Terry Jones.

The book covers the entire of Feldman’s life »

- Phil

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Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis Try to Make Grave Robbing Funny in 'Burke and Hare' Clips

9 August 2011 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Trailers and Clips, Movie News, Horror

Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman made grave robbing hilarious in 'Young Frankenstein,' now Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis give it their best shot in 'Burke and Hare,' the new horror comedy from 'An American Werewolf in London' director John Landis.

Landis's first movie in 13 years tells the story of real-life 19th century criminals William Burke and William Hare, who graduated from grave robbing to murder in supplying bodies for doctors to autopsy.

The ghoulish subject's been treated as straight horror with Boris Karloff in 'The Body Snatcher' and the lesser-known 'The Doctor and the Devils.' For his humorous take on the same tale, Landis assembled a comedic cast that includes Isla Fisher, Tom Wilkinson and Tim Curry and horror legend Christopher Lee to boot.

See the clips after the jump.

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- Sharon Knolle

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TV highlights 23/06/2011

22 June 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

History Cold Case | Born to be Different | Unnatural Histories | Shameless Us | Strange Sex

History Cold Case

9pm, BBC2

While it is easy – and usually quite prudent – to be suspicious of high-concept programming, this infusion of the standard history documentary format with a dose of CSI drama works splendidly, by reminding viewers that the study of history is, in essence, a process of mystery-solving. Tonight, the puzzle is a huddle of 17 corpses, most of them children, discovered in 2004 during excavations for the foundations of a shopping centre in Norwich. Carbon dating, chemical analysis and facial reconstruction will determine whether this was mass murder, or something else. Andrew Mueller

Born To Be Different

9pm, Channel 4

In Born to be Different, Channel 4 has followed six families who have children with disabilities for a decade, charting each from birth through every instance of surgery, treatment, recovery and relapse. As the children head into their 11th years, »

- Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside

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Kenneth Mars, Hilarious Character Actor, Passes Away at 75

14 February 2011 1:30 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

Hollywood has lost another wonderfully colorful supporting player: The always-enjoyable Kenneth Mars, veteran of dozens of films (most notably by Mel Brooks and Woody Allen), has passed away at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer. To a big section of my generation (to say nothing of my dad's), Mars was a face first and a "name" second -- but we loved him no less for that.

To a child watching 'Young Frankenstein,' for example, there's a lot of stuff that might fly right over his or her head. But the particularly silly contributions from Kenneth Mars and Marty Feldman stand out like huge neon flowers to an 8-year-old movie freak. His hilariously bizarre performance as Inspector Kemp was always one of my favorites, but once I got a little older and saw Mars' work in 'The Producers,' I knew »

- Scott Weinberg

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Kenneth Mars, Hilarious Character Actor, Passes Away at 75

14 February 2011 1:30 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

Hollywood has lost another wonderfully colorful supporting player: The always-enjoyable Kenneth Mars, veteran of dozens of films (most notably by Mel Brooks and Woody Allen), has passed away at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer. To a big section of my generation (to say nothing of my dad's), Mars was a face first and a "name" second -- but we loved him no less for that.

To a child watching 'Young Frankenstein,' for example, there's a lot of stuff that might fly right over his or her head. But the particularly silly contributions from Kenneth Mars and Marty Feldman stand out like huge neon flowers to an 8-year-old movie freak. His hilariously bizarre performance as Inspector Kemp was always one of my favorites, but once I got a little older and saw Mars' work in 'The Producers,' I knew »

- Scott Weinberg

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DVD Review - The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

23 January 2011 10:55 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Last Remake of Beau Geste, 1977.

Directed by Marty Feldman.

Starring Marty Feldman, Michael York, Ann-Margaret, Peter Ustinov, Sinéad Cusack, James Earl Jones, Burt Kwouk, Trevor Howard, Avery Schreiber, Irene Handl, Henry Gibson, Terry-Thomas, Roy Kinnear, Spike Milligan, Hugh Griffith and Ed McMahon.

Synopsis:

Digby Geste (Feldman) and his ‘identical’ twin brother Beau (York) compete with their stepmother (Ann-Margeret) over possession of a priceless family heirloom.

It’s hard, devilishly hard, to pin down a description on a film like The Last Remake of Beau Geste. Most films pick a mood, a time, a degree of seriousness. Praise be to the great spoofster in the sky, Marty Feldman has no such agenda. His vision, if we can put our director’s beret on and call it that, is of a world where one man’s tragedy becomes another’s smutty giggle.

Feldman’s screen persona from Young Frankenstein and Sherlock Holmes »

- flickeringmyth

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This week's new cinema events

21 January 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Slapstick, Bristol

The country's top silent comedy festival has dug up so many cinematic artefacts over the past seven years, it's in danger of running out. That could explain why the remit has broadened to include Shaun The Sheep (he is a local creation at least, and there's an animation workshop next Sat) and Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein – accompanied by Tim Brooke-Taylor reminiscing on Marty Feldman, his one-time comic partner and a man whose eyeballs were funnier than most people's whole bodies. You'll still get good old-time hilarity, including Friday's gala at Colston Hall with Bill Oddie, Paul McGann and Neil Innes, Italian and Russian silents and lots of Chaplin.

Watershed, Thu to 30 Jan

Waves, Storms And Horizons: Cinema Romania Now, Belfast

It's not exactly breaking news that Romania is putting out some remarkable films, but since 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days won the Palme D'Or at Cannes in 2007, it's »

- Steve Rose

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