Silent Movie (1976)
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|Mel Brooks, Dom Deluise and Marty Feldman pay affectionate, hilarious tribute to Hollywood's Silent Era in this classic parody of the movie business. Attempting to save his studio from the conglomerate "Engulf and Devour," a has-been movie director (Brooks) casts some of the hottest movie stars in town (all of whom spoof themselves) in one huge blockbuster film.Format: DVD MOVIE|
"One of the funniest movies from my childhood. Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Mel Brooks was the comic master of the 70's. "Michael A. Smith, Nolans Pop Culture Review"
"One of the funniest movies from my childhood. "Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat"
Editor's NoteSILENT MOVIE is director Mel Brooks's comic tribute to the golden days of the silent screen. A movie within a movie, SILENT MOVIE stars Brooks as Mel Funn, a filmmaker who has seen better days--for one thing, he's just come out of a bout with the bottle. When his best friends (Marty Feldman and Dom DeLuise) rescue him from despair and convince him to make another attempt at moviemaking, Mel comes up with an idea--a silent picture. Alas, this is the 1970s, and in order to get backing from wacky, frazzled studio chief Sid Caesar, the three pals have to get lots of celebrities to agree to be in their silent picture. SILENT MOVIE is, in fact, silent, and all the celebrities play themselves (or parodies of themselves). Funny, warm, and packed with sight gags galore, the film evokes the days of Chaplin, Keaton, and Pickford and Fairbanks while remaining oddly, and wondrously, contemporary. There is hardly a funnier scene than when Burt Reynolds--vainly admiring himself in the mirror while showering--is talked-up about the movie by DeLuise, Brooks, and Feldman, all in the shower together.
Cast & Crew
|John Morris - Original Music By|
|Mel Brooks - Director|
|Mel Brooks - Writer|
|Michael Hertzberg - Producer|
|Paul Lohmann - Cinematographer|
|Stanford C. Allen, et. al. - Editor|
|"Stanford C. Allen, et. al." - Editor|
Plot SummaryA director and two of his stooges convince a studio head that the only way to save themselves from being swallowed up by the voracious Engulf and Devour Corporation is to go back to the days of Garbo and Gilbert...in other words, make a nontalking picture.
|Golden Globe, Silent Movie, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy|
|Golden Globe, Mel Brooks , Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy|
|Golden Globe, Marty Feldman , Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Golden Globe, Bernadette Peters , Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role|