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Young Frankenstein and German Expressionism   

IN-PERSON: The Elderwise classroom at the Vineyard Church

Mel Brooks’ 1974 film Young Frankenstein is one of the funniest films ever made. The movie’s humor derives from its exaggerated use of visual and auditory elements developed in German Expressionism and American horror films. In this 2½ hour presentation, we will consider the roots of Young Frankenstein’s style by showing examples from German Expressionist cinema and l930’s American horror films. We will then see Young Frankenstein in its entirety. Henry B. Aldridge is an Emeritus Professor of Electronic Media and Film Studies at Eastern Michigan University. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of North Carolina. Henry is also one of the organists at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.

 

 

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