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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Mixed Quality but Brooks Fans Should Enjoy
10 December 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mel Brooks Strikes Back (2012)

*** (out of 4)

Alan Yentob sits down with Mel Brooks for this one hour interview that has the famous comedian talking about his early life, his days on television and eventually some of the movies he made. I must admit that I had really mixed feelings about this production that turned up on HBO. For starters, yes it's great getting to hear from Brooks but at the same time I must admit that it was rather disappointing that it was longer and didn't dig deeper into his career. We hear about how his mother came to America and we get a great story about him getting caught shoplifting but the majority of the running time deals with stories that aren't all that interesting. Things finally pick up when we get to his professional career but even here you have to wonder why they quit talking about his movies after BLAZING SADDLES. If it weren't for a question from the crowd we wouldn't even have heard about YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. The rest of his filmmography is pretty much overlooked. Again, there are some funny stories told here and it's great seeing Brooks doing the interview but you have to wonder who came up with the questions and why this thing wasn't more focused or at least longer.


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