Everyone has a story. The following interview is taken from the best of Andrew Denton´s award-winning Enough Rope series, ranking among the most penetrating discussions from the 2000s with celebrities, larger-than-life personalities and average Joes. Mel Brooks has been responsible for many of the funniest moments of the last 40 years. How is this for some credits?: The Two Thousand Year Old Man, Get Smart, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein. And of course, the hit musical The Producers, which at the time of this interview had just opened in Australia. He´s also responsible for my favourite definition of comedy: ´Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.´ Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Mel Brooks. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Denton, Mel Mel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001489de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fresh Air continues its Holiday Week of Songs from Broadway and Hollywood with an interview with singer-songwriter Randy Newman and comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks. Randy Newman is best known for his hit songs ´´Short People´´ and ´´I Love LA´´. He´s written for a number of films including, Ragtime, Avalon, The Natural, Toy Story, Babe and Seabiscuit. He´s received fourteen Oscar nominations and was given the Academy Award in 2002. Recently he released Volume One of The Randy Newman Songbook. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick have just returned to Broadway and their starring roles in The Producers - the show based on Brooks´ first feature film. They´re doing a limited run through April 14. The Producers won 12 Tonys in 2001, including best musical, best book of a musical, best original score, and best actor. The book, the music and lyrics were written by Brooks. He´s made some of the funniest films in movie history, including The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles. (Original Broadcast Date: November 16, 1992) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/040101de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Intersecting Film, Music, and Queerness uses musicology and queer theory to uncover meaning and message in canonical American cinema. This study considers how queer readings are reinforced or nuanced through analysis of musical score. Taking a broad approach to queerness that questions heteronormative and homonormative patriarchal structures, binary relationships, gender assumptions and anxieties, this book challenges existing interpretations of what is progressive and what is retrogressive in cinema. Examined films include Bride of Frankenstein, Louisiana Story, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Blazing Saddles, Edward Scissorhands, Brokeback Mountain, Boys Dont Cry, Transamerica, Thelma & Louise, Go Fish and The Living End, with special attention given to films that subvert or complicate genre. Music is analyzed with concern for composition, intertextual references, absolute musical structures, song lyrics, recording, arrangement, and performance issues. This multidisciplinary work, featuring groundbreaking research, analysis, and theory, offers new close readings and a model for future scholarship. Jack Curtis Dubowsky is a composer, author, music editor, educator, and filmmaker. Major musical works include Harvey Milk: A Cantata and an oratory with orchestra, Eisenhower Farewell Address . Dubowsky is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.