The 50 Day Movie Challenge asks one question every day, to be answered by a few paragraphs and a clip, if possible. Click here for the full list of questions.
Today’s prompt: What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?
There are so many possible answers to this question, but I decided to arbitrarily go with Young Frankenstein, which ranks high on my list of most quotable and rewatchable movies. Maybe not all that arbitrarily, though. After all, not only is it supremely funny and makes me laugh almost all the way through, but it basically mines every type of humor. Absurd comedy, check. Slapstick comedy, check. Physical comedy, check. Wordplay, check. Deadpan comedy, check. Comedy of humiliation, check. Referential humor, check. It is, for my money, Mel Brooks’ most sustained and successful parody, combining the stories of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein to make something almost even better than either of those great films. And also, it’s damn funny.
I rarely organize my collections alphabetically, at least not as the major organizational tool, since the letter the title starts with is usually less meaningful than the year it was made or the genre that it’s in. But there’s a meme going around film blogs (starting with Blog Cabins) to choose one favorite film that starts with each letter of the alphabet. Forcing you to pick something from each letter is generating some interesting results, so I thought I’d give it a try. (Other entries I’ve seen include: Only the Cinema, Film Doctor, The House Next Door, and Spoutblog.)
Shameless self-promotion – this task was made a lot easier since I recently completed a full list of all the films I’ve ever seen over at my archive site. Still working on the ancillary lists organized by year and rating, but the by title one is done.
A – The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938; Michael Curtiz & William Keighley) B – Band of Outsiders (1964; Jean-Luc Godard) C – City of Lost Children (1995; Jean-Pierre Jeunet) D – The Double Life of Veronique (1993; Krzysztof Kieslowski) E – Election (1999; Alexander Payne) F – The Fountain (2006; Darren Aronofsky) G – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953; Howard Hawks) H – A Hard Day’s Night (1964; Richard Lester) I – In a Lonely Place (1951; Nicholas Ray) J – JFK (1991; Oliver Stone) K – Key Largo (1948; John Huston) L – Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998; Guy Ritchie) M – Mulholland Drive (2001; David Lynch) N – The Naked Kiss (1964; Samuel Fuller) O – O Brother Where Art Thou (2000; Joel & Ethan Coen) P – Persona (1966; Ingmar Bergman) Q – The Quiet Man (1952; John Ford) R – Rear Window (1954; Alfred Hitchcock) S – Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927; F.W. Murnau) T – The Thin Man (1934; W.S. Van Dyke) U – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964; Jacques Demy) V – Vertigo (1958; Alfred Hitchcock) W – The Women (1939; George Cukor) X – X-Men (2000; Bryan Singer) Y – Young Frankenstein (1974; Mel Brooks) Z – Zodiac (2007; David Fincher)
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