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Mel Brooks Reminisces About Gene Wilder and Young Frankenstein at Special Screening

Director Mel Brooks had a hard time containing his emotions as he introduced the recent Fathom Events screening of Young Frankenstein and reflected on his collaboration with the late Gene Wilder.  A visibly upset Brooks stated “I get just a little overcome. I’ve had a few great memories in my life. But, honestly, I think making Young Frankenstein is my best year.”

Brooks went on to say “This movie has been saluted with such love. It’s an honor. And the audience is loving it. I would love to tell Gene (Wilder) all about this night.” read more

Gene Wilder Dies

Gene Wilder, comedy actor best known to horror fans for Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, has died at the age of 83. The Associated Press confirmed with his family that he passed away in Stamford, CT. Wilder had career which began in the 1960’s and spanned decades. His role as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) brought him to fame.

Wilder co-starred in The Producers in 1967, which marked the first of his collaborations with Mel Brooks. He starred in 1974’s Blazing Saddles as the Waco Kid. Young Frankenstein also came along that year. Wilder and Brooks co-wrote the screenplay for the comedic spin on the Universal Monsters films. read more