Young Frankenstein Revisited

I’d seen it several times in past years but I guess I never watched it that closely, because last week it had me falling out of my chair in laughter. Jesus! The performances are razor-sharp and inspired. The script is brilliant. And what I missed before is the beautiful photography. Not only is it in black and white, but the lighting is superb, each scene carefully composed. I had remembered Gene Wilder’s scene where he is about to enter the room with the monster and he tells his assistants to not let him out of the room, “Do not open this door!!” and Madeline Kahn saying, “Come here, you hot monster!” but there were a dozen other gems, like Cloris Leachman’s scene, which has been running through my mind:

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: “Then you and Victor were.…”

Frau Blücher: “YES. YES. Say it. He…vas…my.…BOYFRIEND!”

Here’s a 5-minute cut on Youtube of a bunch of scenes:

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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