Some of us grew up watching Disney movies and wholesome cartoons, others grew up watching satirical films so chock-full of double entendres that most of the jokes went over our heads until we were a bit older. I definitely come from the second camp, so imagine my joy and surprise when I found out that the Sala Lugones will be hosting a Mel Brooks film series, which starts today and runs through Friday, August 23rd.
Born Melvin Kaminsky, the legendary 93-year-old filmmaker, actor, comedian, and composer got his start as a stand-up comic and eventually transitioned into film. His first feature debut is the now-iconic The Producers (1967), an utterly delightful musical comedy about Adolf Hitler.
Initially, Hollywood was so averse to such extreme satire that Brooks struggled to find a distributor for the film, but his risk paid off. In 1968, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, beating out heavyweights Stanley Kubrick and John Cassavetes. Now, The Producers is one of Broadway’s most beloved and successful musicals, having won a record-breaking 12 Tony awards.
Released in 1974, Blazing Saddles was a star-studded parody of the typical Western genre; Young Frankenstein premiered the same year. Brooks directed several others films, such as High Anxiety, History of the World Pt. 1, and my personal favorite, Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).
Highly celebrated across the film and television industries, Brooks is one of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, known colloquially as “EGOT.” In 2005, he was voted No. 50 of the Top 50 All-Time Comedy Acts by The Comedian’s Comedian. The American Film Institute (AFI) lists three of his film on its “100 Years… 100 Laughs” list: Blazing Saddles (No. 6), The Producers (No. 11), and Young Frankenstein (No. 13).
Basically, if you love movies, comedy, satire, or all of the above, you really shouldn’t miss this series. Sala Lugones will be screening ten of Brooks’ best films: The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World Pt. 1, Spaceballs, Life Stinks, The Producers, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
The films will be shown at 2 PM, 4:30 PM, and 9:30 PM, except for The Twelve Chairs (4:30 PM and 9:30 PM only), The Producers (2 PM and 7 PM), and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (4:30 PM and 9:30 PM only). General admission costs just AR $60 and tickets can be bought online in advance.