Date(s) - 10/12/2018
The Varsity Center
PHOTO COURTESY 20TH CENTURY FOX
Gene Wilder, as Dr. Frankenstein (center) in ‘Young Frankenstein,” and director Mel Brooks won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie also starred Peter Boyle as the monster.
CARBONDALE – “What hump?”
“Put … the … candle … back.”
In the early 1970s, comedian and actor Gene Wilder had an idea for a screenplay about the grandson of the original Dr. Frankenstein, who inherited his grandfather’s mansion and his research. That movie, “Young Frankenstein,” became a favorite among moviegoers around the world.
The screenplay for the 1974 film was written by Wilder and Mel Brooks, the movie’s director, and the pair won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. It was loosely based on the novel by Mary Shelley.
The story begins when respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Wilder) inherits his infamous grandfather’s estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Frederick begins to recreate his grandfather’s experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor’s fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn).
Leachman won the Golden Globe for Best Actress; Garr took home the award for Best Supporting Actress. Gene Hackman made a cameo appearance. According to the movie’s Blu-Ray commentary, Hackman – who had been nominated three times for an Academy Award and won once – learned about “Young Frankenstein” through his frequent tennis partner Wilder and requested a role. Ultimately, the lonely, blind character Hackman portrayed became one of the most popular and memorable scenes in comedy history.
Come out and celebrate Halloween with a lot of laughs and very little that’s scary when The Varsity screens “Young Frankenstein” at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12.
Tickets are $7 or $5 for students. They are available in advance at www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. Tickets also will be available at the venue when doors and the bar open at 6:30 p.m. The Varsity Bar features beer, wine, select cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and popcorn.
The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. Keep up with upcoming events at www.facebook.com/varsitycenter.