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Mel Brooks Strikes Back! (2012)

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Appearing onstage with Alan Yentob, creative director for the BBC, at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, Cal. before a live audience, Brooks reviews his career as a writer, director, actor, ... See full summary »
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Appearing onstage with Alan Yentob, creative director for the BBC, at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, Cal. before a live audience, Brooks reviews his career as a writer, director, actor, producer, composer, failed ballet dancer and comedian. The special looks at the Brooklyn native's early life, show-business influences, early career and ascension as one of Hollywood's most successful writers and directors. Written by HBO Publicity

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I love Mel Brooks
16 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

I have to say that every cell of my body loves Mel Brooks. But like some of the other reviewers, I wish it was longer and went deeper. I would have loved to hear about Anne Bancroft and their son they had together, what it was like working with Richard Prior, if he was surprised by the success of "The Producers" musical on Broadway, The Elephant Man, and the science of comedy. Also, some of the clips were a little on the long side. I would have rather had more stories from Mel instead of scenes from his movies, which I have all seen a gazillion times. Last but not least, at times, the interviewer falls flat and asks somewhat stupid and uninteresting questions.

All of that being said, I loved it! If the subject matter were anything other than Mel Brooks, I would rate this a 7, but because it's about my beloved Mel, it gets a 9.


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