“Being rather bizarre-looking and being very short, I needed another tool so that I would be accepted,” Mel Brooks told the camera in 1981’s I Thought I Was Taller: A Short History of Mel Brooks. “I used comedy.”
The rest, as they say, is history—and now you can see it from start to finish. Brooks is the most recent inductee into PBS’ illustrious American Masters series, and PBS has graciously posted the entirety of Mel Brooks: Make a Noise online:
Mel Brooks: Make a Noise journeys through Brooks’ early years in the creative beginnings of live television — with Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows — to the film genres he so successfully satirized in Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, and Spaceballs — to the groundbreaking Broadway musical version of his first film, The Producers. The documentary also delves into his professional and personal ups and downs — his childhood, his first wife and subsequent 41-year marriage to Anne Bancroft — capturing a never-before-heard sense of reflection and confession.
Watch it here:
Watch Mel Brooks: Make a Noise on PBS. See more from American Masters.
Previously: Mel Brooks’ Most Jewish Movie Ever
Why I Love Mel Brooks
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