Film Analysis: Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks

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Camp Rhetorical Analysis Mel Brook's film ,Young Frankenstein, is a comedic throwback and famous parody to Univeral's Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Son of Frankenstein (1939), and The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942). (quote from interview generally describing movie experience). Young Frankenstein has important visual effects that bring to this film a well-rounded sense of both frivolity and campy thrill. Satirically embodying the older films, Young Frankenstein includes overly dramatic scene transitions such as iris outs, wipes, and “fading to black”, like all classic Hollywood horror films. In classic Hollywood horror, there are lightening flashes, villagers carrying torches and monsters moving in slow motion. The…show more content…
The creature is continuously reborn, death and rebirth are celebated as successful and desirable, immediately contrasting the view of death as scary and unknown, as it is in the original films and in post-Romantic literature. Brooks also places emphasis on other romantic elements in the movie that aren't present in the original (1930 something) Frankenstein, particularly sex. Sexual awakening and the celebration of sex is clear, as the film is not tacit about its characters' sexual experiences. Jokes are frequently made throughout the film, When Frederick meets Inga, she invites him to take a “roll in the hay.” (CITATION) After Creature is created, the group discusses his extraordinarily large body size being used for the operation and Inga comments, “He will have an enormous svanstucker! Woof!” referring to the size of the Creature’s phallus. This joke reoccurs later when Elizabeth, Frederick's fiancee, sees the size of the Creature’s phallus and mutters, “Woof!” (humor- Brummett quote) Sexual scenes, though not graphic, appear at least three times in the film. The romantic themes in Young Frankenstein laugh at death and rebirth, and sexual awakening is seen as a lighthearted concept. Brooks is not scolding Frederick for

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