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The funny man of Patrick McGilliganThere Mel Brooks has a revealing moment in the funny man, Patrick McGilligan's full biography of Mel Brooks, the ruthless
It's not so much an anecdote as a recitation of Brooks's music number as an entertainer's growing --an Al Jolson-
He toured in the Army and later in borscht belt's esque, before it became a lasting part of his repertoire.
The lyrics are as follows: I'm here, I'm Melvin Brooks!
I'm here to stop the show.
It's just a ham that looks bad, but in your heart I will grow!
I will tell you I will sing your song
Just happy little funky songs)Out of my mind.
Are you not friendly?
Please love Melvin Brooks!
It's not enough to fill up a book, but it tells you almost everything you need to know about Brooks, whose unique career includes real classics like producer, "Burning Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein", as well as irresistible schlock, such as "spaceship" and "World History, Part One ".
Go where he got it.
Get a place in the comedy pantheon and win the show
The business four-person crown known as EGOT (
Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony)—
Brooks must be funny and creative, of course.
He must have a strong belief in his abilities, firm determination to stand in front of the crowd and have keen wisdom to fight against the enemy, or surrender himself if necessary.
But like most comedians, he also has a clear need --
Part of yourself, eager for approval and bristles with the most gentle rejection.
The end result is an incentive to force Brooks to continue throwing all of his stuff at his audience, even when it comes to success, sometimes against himself.
The book quotes Thomas Mihan as one of his regular collaborators, "Mel is the fountain of genius.
No one will think of the amazing thing that suddenly came out of his mind, 100 ideas a day.
A lot is great. Many aren’t.
He wants you to tell him which one.
There are similar examples of "Funny People" that are filled with fascinating details of Brooks's life and career, but don't seem to always know which way to point to its fire hose, also don't know when to turn it off.
McGilligan, who wrote books about Osen Wells, Alfred Hitchcock, and Fritz Lang, said at his end that he had "never met so many people, they either did not respond to the inquiry or explicitly refused to cooperate with the interview or spoke anonymously "(
He speculated that it could be because "people are worried about Brooks's temper or lawsuit ").
It doesn't seem to get in the way of McGilligan.
There is a lot of information in "interesting people" and it is often instructive.
Like Brooks's tablet.
In the rolling Moses of World History, Part 1, the author may throw a portion of this material in a place where no one hurts.
Although the content of the book is too rich, it still depicts Brooks as a portrait of a talented person --
Occasionally highlight wildlife
His intensity has both increased and hindered him.
Melvin carminsky was born at the Brooklyn mother's table in 1926, and the future Mel Brooks is the youngest of the four brothers.
His father died at the age of 36 when Mel was two.
Back in his teens, Brooks performed in his own comedy sketch, after serving in World War II, he has a good feeling and a tough spirit to attract Sid who has become famous at the club and on television.
In the earliest episodes of the far-reaching NBC variety show "Your Show", Brooks did not receive official writing credits, but was paid from Caesar's own pocket as a joke
Write "topper" and personal clown. (
It is said that the unstable Caesar, tired of his plea to hang out and enjoy the nightlife, has shaken Brooks's feet on the high hotel windows. )
Brooks's major attacks took several years, but when he was there, he was in the big: The hilarious records of "Carl Brooks and Mel Brooks in 2000," were published in 1960,
His 1968 directorial debut, The producer, tells two Broadway films, shysters, which won an Oscar for The script;
In 1974, both his burning saddle and Young Frankenstein were released.
During these years, Brooks's first marriage with actress Florence Baum ended dramatically, falling in love with and getting married to Anne Bancroft, he has been troubled by the achievements of his peers, including Neil Simon and Larry Gebert.
Brooks also came up with a key formula that he would leave throughout the course of his work, good or bad.
As he said in his own words: "low-key and offensive is acceptable to the public.
"If you're looking for someone who's behindthe-scenes blow-by-
Blowing on the production of campfire beans-
McGilligan is pleased to get rich, flat details from the "burning saddle.
He strives to document Brooks's greedy needs, to gain the greatest recognition in the works he creates with his collaborators, and sometimes to weaken creative partners like Buck Henry (
Brooks will apologize to who later, because he didn't credit his contribution to the TV series "getting smart" more fully to WHO).
But with the arrival of "interesting people", the book made the mistake of giving equal weight to every stage of its thematic career, give excessive attention to events that are not worthy of their attention and make other more important episodes underdeveloped.
First of all, I would like to hear more about Brooks's difficulties (
Eventually no results)team-
Along with his idol, Jerry Lewis, in Lewis's 1961 comedy, the woman man, not to mention the competitive distribution deals provided by GM and paramount for the Elephant Man produced by Brooks film.
When McGilligan was late
Developments on stage, like Brooks's victory in the 2001 Broadway musical adaptation of producer, or Bancroft's death from uterine cancer in 2005, you can feel that he is running towards the finish line, the rush past moment will benefit from a more careful inspection.
Still, it is worth a look at the funny man, where Brooks gained the status of an unwilling politician and began to consider his legacy.
In an interview, his friend and colleague Carl Reina said Brooks was not always comfortable seeing dirty jokes on TV, he was plagued by a sketch of "live on Saturday night" and felt he was too dependent on fart.
As Reina told the interviewer, "I said, Mel, you started!