Mel Brooks’ 1974 classic parody Young Frankenstein reimagines the familiar story of the mad scientist and his abominable creation, but with a twist:
What if the grandson of Dr. Frankenstein wanted nothing to do with the family whatsoever?
The film was the brainchild of actor Gene Wilder (Blazing Saddles, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), who conceived the idea of making a film in which one of Frankenstein’s descendants reluctantly inherits his ancestor’s laboratory and research.
While shooting Blazing Saddles, Wilder and Brooks spent evenings in a hotel room collaborating on the screenplay while drinking endless pots of tea.
The result: an Academy Award-winning film that’s widely regarded as one of the greatest comedies Hollywood ever produced.
On Sunday, October 29th, San Francisco Symphony is screening Young Frankenstein after a performance by Anderson & Roe, a piano duo that reinterprets classical and pop music with energy and intensity.
Pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe will perform several pieces that complement the action on the screen; the program includes their unique take on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” a frenetic rendition of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android,” and emotive adaptations of pieces by classical composers, including Ravel and Stravinsky.
Join us at Davies Symphony Hall at 7pm on Sunday for a spooky evening of musical chills and comical thrills; Young Frankenstein on the big screen, and twenty fingers of spine-tingling action that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
*Feature film without live accompaniment. The San Francisco Symphony does not appear in this performance.
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