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Making Frankensense of 'Young Frankenstein' (1996)

Video  -  Documentary | Short  -  1996 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Michael Gruskoff ...
Stanford C. Allen ...
Himself (as Stan Allen)
Gerald Hirschfeld ...
William D. Gordean ...
Himself (as Bill Gordean)
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This documentary is featured on the Special Edition DVD for Young Frankenstein (1974). See more »


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21 March 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein (1996)

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Gene Wilder, cinematographer Gerald Hirschfeld and producers Michael Gruskoff and Stan Allen are interviewed about the making of Mel Brooks' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. The documentary lasts just 36-minutes and is broken down into several categories including the script, various scenes, the cast, shooting in black and white, the sets and lighting and of course the final product. On the whole this is a very entertaining look at the making of the movie but at the same time it's impossible to say it's definitive. As you can tell, many, many famous people from the making of the film were not included in this documentary and it's a real shame. It's hard to call anything definitive without the director on hand to talk about the film so with Brooks missing there's just nothing that can really be said. Not to mention the countless cast members that are missing. With that being said, what's here is still pretty entertaining and especially since Wilder goes into such great details about coming up with the story, writing the script and then finally getting the finished product out there. There's some great talk about countless preview screenings where they made trims to the picture and one of the movie's highlights was almost cut out by Brooks before a preview audience saved it. Fans of the movie are certainly going to enjoy hearing all of these stories and it's especially great at least having Wilder on hand. Hopefully one day going forward we'll get a more detailed look at the movie but for the time being this here is nice.

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