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Mel Brooks names his 5 favorite scenes from his own films. Okay, 8 favorite scenes

Jun. 6, 2013by: Alex Maidy

I recently watched the American Masters documentary on Mel Brooks entitled MAKE A NOISE and immediately wanted to go back and re-watch all of his films. The guy is so genuinely funny that it is a shame he hasn't directed a film since 1995's DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT. But, after winning more awards than any living entertainer (Grammy, Tony, Oscar, Emmy, and more), Brooks is set to receive the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.

In anticipation of the AFI award, The LA Times asked Brooks to list his five favorite scenes from his own films. Brooks refused and instead listed as many as he damn well pleased, settling on a nice round 8 scenes. Always the funny man, check out the top three:

'The Producers' (1968)

"A vision realized beyond belief: Leo Bloom, played by Gene Wilder, has a hysterical fit when Bialystock, played by Zero Mostel, takes his blue blanket away and goes bananas. What I like is that I was very Pirandello-ish because I had the character say, 'I'm hysterical. I'm hysterical.' He tells you what's happening instead of just acting it. I never could have imagined it going over the top like it did. I thought it would be funny. I didn't think it would literally be hysterical. It was amazing."

'Blazing Saddles' (1974)

"There were many scenes, but the most soaring, thrilling moment for me was Madeline Kahn as Lili von Shtupp singing 'I'm Tired' — a song I wrote the music and lyrics for — with her ad libs and her near harmonies. She was amazing in that. I think she was the best actress/comedienne/singer who ever lived. She was a born coloratura. She could have sang in the Met. She was the best. I was stunned by her incredible music talent and her comedy."

'Young Frankenstein' (1974)

"I can't help it, but I have got two. One is, of course, Peter Boyle and Gene Wilder doing 'Puttin' on the Ritz.' It was a magic moment. The other one was Cloris Leachman doing, 'He was my boyfriend.' Gene Wilder questions her, she moves back a step, she dances and moves up another step and finally answers with this incredible shriek: 'HE WAS MY BOYFRIEND.' It was an incredible scene."

Even when he is just talking, Mel Brooks is brilliant.  I hope he somehow still has it in him somewhere to write another film.  The guy is 86 years old and still better at comedy than almost anyone else alive.

For the rest of Mel Brooks' picks, head over to The LA Times article.

Extra Tidbit: Did you know Mel Brooks produced David Cronenberg's THE FLY and David Lynch's THE ELEPHANT MAN?
Source: LA Times

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11:37AM on 06/09/2013
Spaceballs all the way.
Spaceballs all the way.
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10:06AM on 06/07/2013

And for Extra Credit, mostly to kill the double post:

"LePetomaine Thruway? Now what'll that asshole think of next? Has anybody got a dime? Somebody's gotta go back and get a shitload'a dimes!"
"LePetomaine Thruway? Now what'll that asshole think of next? Has anybody got a dime? Somebody's gotta go back and get a shitload'a dimes!"
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10:03AM on 06/07/2013

Trick Question!

The answer to "What is your favorite Mel Brooks scene?" is simple: ALL OF THEM.
Rarely has the EGOT been more deserved and appropriate...

I always thought it would be funny to show a young kid Spaceballs first, then tell them that someone did a "serious" version of the same material and show them Star Wars. Like a reverse-parody swap.
The answer to "What is your favorite Mel Brooks scene?" is simple: ALL OF THEM.
Rarely has the EGOT been more deserved and appropriate...

I always thought it would be funny to show a young kid Spaceballs first, then tell them that someone did a "serious" version of the same material and show them Star Wars. Like a reverse-parody swap.
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10:15AM on 06/07/2013
What a devious social experiment that would be!
What a devious social experiment that would be!
10:17PM on 06/06/2013
"Spaceballs the FLAMETHROWER!"
"Spaceballs the FLAMETHROWER!"
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9:39PM on 06/06/2013
He was great recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Also, my favorite is History Of The World, Part 1. "It's good to be the King."
He was great recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Also, my favorite is History Of The World, Part 1. "It's good to be the King."
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9:36PM on 06/06/2013
Peter Boyle/Gene Hackman in the monster visits blind man scene in Young Frankenstein. So friggin funny.

Also the "said-a-give" scene.
Peter Boyle/Gene Hackman in the monster visits blind man scene in Young Frankenstein. So friggin funny.

Also the "said-a-give" scene.
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7:31PM on 06/06/2013
Robin Hood Men In Tights still holds up as one of my favorite comedies ever and my favorite adaptation of the character.
Robin Hood Men In Tights still holds up as one of my favorite comedies ever and my favorite adaptation of the character.
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9:39PM on 06/06/2013
Your thumbs-down record may be destroyed here.
Your thumbs-down record may be destroyed here.
10:13PM on 06/06/2013
The only line I liked in that movie was, "Unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent.."
The only line I liked in that movie was, "Unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent.."
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7:30PM on 06/06/2013
Luckily, Brooks' heyday was in an era where you could do "one and done" movies. If he'd been creating movies his classic movies today, the studios would be insisting on Blazing Saddles 2&3 (to complete the "trilogy") and Younger Frankenstein.
Luckily, Brooks' heyday was in an era where you could do "one and done" movies. If he'd been creating movies his classic movies today, the studios would be insisting on Blazing Saddles 2&3 (to complete the "trilogy") and Younger Frankenstein.
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6:38PM on 06/06/2013
He's a true living legend. I've been surprised by how busy he's been able to keep himself with his work on Broadway. And absolutely no equal in the parody genre. I'm always surprised at how influential he was in the world of comedy.
He's a true living legend. I've been surprised by how busy he's been able to keep himself with his work on Broadway. And absolutely no equal in the parody genre. I'm always surprised at how influential he was in the world of comedy.
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6:19PM on 06/06/2013
"They're always coming and going, and going and coming/And always too soon . . ."
"They're always coming and going, and going and coming/And always too soon . . ."
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6:15PM on 06/06/2013
Nobody can do a parody movie like Mel Brooks his movies are instant classics, I saw Robin Hood Men In Tights the other day & was laughing my ass off! Such a shame the parody genre has gone down in the dumps lately.
Nobody can do a parody movie like Mel Brooks his movies are instant classics, I saw Robin Hood Men In Tights the other day & was laughing my ass off! Such a shame the parody genre has gone down in the dumps lately.
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5:17PM on 06/06/2013

The man did no wrong.

Even his worst movies were funnier and better than most crap released these days.
Even his worst movies were funnier and better than most crap released these days.
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4:23PM on 06/06/2013
Piss on you! I'm workin' for Mel Brooks!
Piss on you! I'm workin' for Mel Brooks!
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5:13PM on 06/06/2013
Love that line!
Love that line!
4:23PM on 06/06/2013
They don't make entertainers like him anymore.
They don't make entertainers like him anymore.
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3:57PM on 06/06/2013
Mel Brook's Spaceballs was the very first comedy I ever watched as a child and was hooked ever since
Mel Brook's Spaceballs was the very first comedy I ever watched as a child and was hooked ever since
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