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Plot: Aspiring filmmakers Mel Funn, Marty Eggs and Dom Bell go to a financially troubled studio with an idea for a silent movie. In an effort to make the movie more marketable, they attempt to recruit a number of big name stars to appear, while the studio’s creditors attempt to thwart them.
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A Go-For-Broke Gagfest
I suppose if anything epitomizes the style of Mel Brooks it is audacity, obscenity and a forthright quality that others seem either reluctant to use or often overplay with disastrous results. Brooks will do anything for a laugh. Anything. He is, for all intents and purposes, incapable of embarrassment. He’s a rabble-rouser. His movies abide in a world in which everything is likely, especially the outrageous, and Silent Movie, where Brooks makes a bountiful aesthetic gamble and pulls it off, makes me laugh abundantly. On the Brooks calibration of amusement, I laughed not too radically more or less than at Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles or The Producers. It just doesn’t have the subversive and ironic panache of those classic films.
Brooks’ fifth film as director, Silent Movie is streamlined fun. It’s obvious in almost every shot that the filmmakers had a party making it. It’s set in Hollywood, where Big Pictures Studio lurches on the brink of Chapter 11 and a merger with the mammoth Engulf and Devour syndicate, a daintily disguised reference to Gulf+Western’s Paramount takeover. Enter Mel Funn (guess who), a has-been director whose career was stopped cold by drunkenness, who pledges to salvage the studio by persuading Hollywood’s biggest stars to make a silent movie. This is a scenario that results in countless inside jokes, but the thing about Brooks’s inside jokes is that their outsides are funny as well.
The wild bunch of Mel, Dom DeLuise and Marty Feldman embark to charm the superstars, resulting in the shower of one, who counts his hands, confused, and discovers he has eight; and swooping another out of a nightclub audience. There are several “actual” stars in the movie, but the fun is in not knowing who’s next. Everything transpires surrounded by a glossary of sight gags, classic and original. There are bits that don’t work and durations of up to a minute, I guess, when we don’t laugh, but a minute can feel pretty long. Perhaps it is Brooks’ desire to control all that displaces an objective view of what will work.
Nevertheless, in a movie overflowing with skillful Chaplin-, Keaton- and Laurel and Hardy-inspired set pieces, these parts are the chef d’oeuvre: Right before seeing the Studio Chief, Mel and his friends cross their fingers for good luck, and Mel can’t uncross his. He shakes hands with the Chief, and the Chief’s fingers are crossed rather than Mel’s. The Chief then passes this crossed state to his secretary’s fingers the same way. Another running gag is obvious discrepancy between the title cards and what the characters are really saying. The spoken lines are inaudible, as it is indeed a silent movie, but they can be clearly lipread. At one point Brooks asserts misgivings about DeLuise’s idea of a silent movie by shouting “That’s crazy!” as well as an agitated mouthful, but the screen says “Maybe you’re right.” In another scene, Marty hits on a nurse but gets slapped. When he gets back in the car, Mel obviously mouths a curse word, although the screen says “You bad boy!” And then there’s the scene where Feldman and DeLuise haphazardly unplug and plug in his heart monitor various times, winding up changing the screen to a ping pong game and playing while the Chief flatlines and recovers over and over. Brooks stands outside the majority of Jewish comics and filmmakers in his lack of self-derision and in the success of his main characters, but still, humor is his own defense mechanism against the world, and he goes for broke.
Irony and Self-Reference
Mel Brooks plays a has-been director named Mel Funn in this spoof of Hollywood and silent movies. The film is set in some alternate universe era that is an amalgamation of 1930s through 1970s Hollywood. In the film’s world, it’s the age of the “talkies”, which have apparently been around for some time. Funn’s latest script, what he’s banking on as his comeback, is retro–he’s written a silent movie. Naturally, he’s having problems selling his script. Shortly after the film begins, Funn, who is making the rounds with his two questionable companions, Marty Eggs (Marty Feldman) and Dom Bell (Dom DeLuise), shops his script to one last big studio head, played by Sid Caesar. Caesar’s studio is about to go under if they can’t produce a blockbuster. He initially tries to throw Funn out, but when Funn promises he can get big stars for his film, Caesar gives him a chance. If he can get the stars, he’s got a deal. Silent Movie is primarily the story of Funn, Eggs and Bell trying to get stars to do their film.
Of course the irony of Silent Movie is that it’s a silent movie about how silent movies would be ridiculous to produce in a later age in Hollywood. The Mel Brooks film itself is ridiculous film in many ways, not the least of which is that it is silent. Brooks also embraces another fading convention–humor based on slapstick and vaudeville.
To a large extent, Silent Movie exists to enable a series of gags, mostly centered on various extended cameos. Often the gags are like a classic comedy compilation–we get Sid Caesar doing his “facial tick schtick”, Charlie Callas doing some “blind man” slapstick, Henny Youngman with a fly in his soup, and so on. Marty Feldman’s “Eggs” might cause us to ask where the ham is–these classic routines are it.
There are also longer scenes with potential “stars” of the film. These include Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minelli, Paul Newman, Anne Bancroft, and Marcel Marceau. Sometimes they spoof themselves, sometimes they play roles in new gags, and sometimes they come pretty close to their actual public personae.
Maybe Twentieth Century Fox told Brooks in reality that if he wanted to do a silent film spoof, they’d only bankroll it if he had a lot of stars attached. So he got them, working them into the film without really working them into the fabric of the film (they’re present as cameos, not as stars). But there’s also a conceit in Silent Movie, as a fiction, that we’re not watching the actual film but a film about getting ready to make a film, maybe echoing what happened in “real life” in preparing to make the film. If you want complex self-referential layers, focused on blurring the distinctions between art and reality, Silent Movie definitely provides that. In many respects, the layering is similar to the more recent Incident at Loch Ness (2004).
Maybe such depth is surprising given that the surface aim of Silent Movie is to provide absurdities so you can laugh. The contrast to those easier to decipher surface qualities underscores interesting facts both about the public perception of Mel Brooks and the history of his career. Brooks has often been perceived as aiming for a kind of modernization of the Three Stooges. While his films have qualities that allow for that comparison, it is far from telling the whole story.
Brooks’ films (as director) at least through 1981’s History of the World, Part I all have a strong postmodernism beneath the veneer. He’s not just making us laugh through slapstick and clever, pun-filled dialogue, he’s also saying a lot of very intelligent things about the medium of film, as well as the relationship between films and reality, and between films and the audience. A lot of his humor rests on toying with the typical filmic or narrative conventions. For example, he routinely breaks through the “fourth wall” and he routinely breaks the implicit genre contracts he makes. It’s just as intellectual as anything Monty Python did–at least until 1987’s Spaceballs, which can be seen as the turning point from Brooks’ earlier works of genius to a much more straightforward way of storytelling. It’s not that Spaceballs and what followed weren’t good, but they do not have the same sense of postmodernist play to them as is present in Silent Movie.
In addition to all of the fiction/reality layering, the film breaks the “genre” contracts of silent films in that once in awhile a character says something and we hear their voice on the soundtrack. The music is also frequently synced to the action (this wasn’t possible with actual silent films–the technical “solution” that allowed synced music also allowed synced dialogue), and occasionally there is foley (sound effects that are supposed to be the sound of character actions, like walking) synced on the audio track as well. It underscores that this is a faux silent movie, despite the many other apparent cues of authenticity. This is a relatively minor example of postmodernism in the film, perhaps, but nevertheless illustrative of Brooks’ goals and interesting to note while watching.
As interesting as all of that is, Silent Movie isn’t a complete success. Sometimes it’s just a bit too hokey or uneventful for its own good. But it’s still an important entry in Brooks’ early oeuvre, which is his most significant period in my view.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 27 min (87 min)
Director Mel Brooks
Writer Mel Brooks (screenplay), Ron Clark (screenplay), Rudy De Luca (screenplay), Barry Levinson (screenplay), Ron Clark (story)
Actors Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Sid Caesar
Awards Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
Production Company Crossbow Productions
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 2,500 m (Italy), 2,405 m (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm