Mel Brooks: Make A Noise

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Showcasing the Brooklyn native's brilliant, skewed originality, American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make A Noise features never-before-heard stories and new interviews with Brooks, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, Tracey Ullman and others.
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PhredReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A good documentary. A funny man entertains and you learn a little about his life
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Were you to watch American Master’s Mel Brooks Make a Noise; having no idea who Mel Brooks is or why you should care, you would come away entertained and motivated to seek out his movies. If you had closely followed his career, read some of what has been published and seen previous interviews and documentaries; Make a Noise is still entertaining and has some new info. It is neither definitive nor exhaustive. I would hope it is not the final. Mel Brooks retains his high energy and his professional friends their respect. My Recommendation: this is a must for Mel Brooks fans and fans of biography lite. Maybe not so much for film students or seekers for the ‘real’ biography.

I enjoyed the Mel Brooks installment to the Public Television series American Masters. The combination of previous interviews and outtakes from the movies is a fairly standard technique, but the innovative technique was to interview Mel and may of his associates on an empty studio lot against a basic white screen. Camera gear and audio equipment are frequently visible. Creativity need not be any more complex and the simplicity of staging created an immediate contrast with those of the Brooks Movies.

The adulatory interviews from this fellow writers and actors are like so many of these interviews, a canned predictability. It is rare for the people of the film and entertainment business to have less than glowing comments to say about successful members of their profession. If you listen closely you can pick up shade of what may be resentment over his tendency to dominate, if only by nervous energy almost any room he enters. Also clear from Mel and his associates is his tendency to push a joke too far.

There is an important other aspect to the otherwise usual comments from movie associates. His late wife, Anne Bancroft is quoted posthumously. They had shared a long and loving relationship. One of the things she makes known about Mel Brooks was that he was well read and a deeply thinking man. It is also reported that Mel had created an independent production company for her and though that company both Ms Bancroft and many another independent film maker found artistic outlets in major movie release.

Make a Noise is typical of the American Masters Series. It is adulatory and not very analytical. It lacks in critical analysis. It is not part of the AM creed to add to the knowledge base by delving too deeply behind the official versions or to question the accepted outline of the selected Masters. It may be unfair to expect more from the producers of what is always a classy presentation. In the case of Mel Brooks, I hope he is worth at least one more effort to capture this very funny and creative American.
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RescuepetsruleReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
comic genius
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Comic genius is a term that gets tossed around too much, with all things considered, it is not just for funny people, but for those who have comedy on the Brain. Brooks' Brain is definitely geared to true comedy. He has satire down pat, but he also does slapstick, 'guffah' humor and some humor that is aimed at himself but used to entertain us. I hope Hitler is tied to a chair in Hell, being forced to watch Brooks' films for all eternity.
I wish this film had been more on Brooks' life, especially as a Jew that lived through Hitler's insanity. He may not have been able to give straight answers to some questions, but I hoped they had tried anyway. It did remind me of some movies I had forgotten about and some (The Twelve Chairs) that I never heard of. I owe him a big thank you for so many laughs over the years.
tvtv3Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2014
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It's Good to Be the King
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First airing on PBS in May of 2013 as part of the AMERICAN MASTERS series, MEL BROOKS: MAKE A NOISE is a mix of interview and biography about and with one of the greatest comedy legends of American entertainment: Mel Brooks. I have been a fan of Brooks for much of my life and this is a special that I was really looking forward to watching and it didn't disappoint. Brooks influence in the entertainment world is without question. He is one of only about a dozen people who have won a competitive Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Oscar. MAKE A NOISE follows his life from his early life to his initial success working as a writer for Sid Caesar's YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS and CAESAR'S HOUR through the massive success of the musical stage version of THE PRODUCERS.

The show largely consists of interviews with Brooks, but also features interviews with Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Richard Lewis, Tracey Ullman, Neil Simon, Joan Rivers, David Steinberg, Barry Levinson, Steve Weber, Cloris Leachman, David Lynch, Bill Pullman, Susan Stroman, and Matthew Broderick. Older interview footage from Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn is also a part of the special. In addition there are a lot of clips from Brook's movies and TV shows.

I haven't seen many episodes of AMERICAN MASTERS so I don't really have any comparison how this particular special compares to others in the series. Personally, I found it highly enjoyable. Brooks is usually very tight-lipped nowadays when it comes to his marriage to Anne Bancroft. He talks about the relationship here a little, which is probably more than he's publicly talked about it in the past decade.

The only flaw with this special is that it's only 90 minutes long. Brooks has been involved in show business for over 7 decades. Therefore, although it touches on many aspects of Brooks' life, it isn't very detailed.

Overall, MEL BROOKS: MAKE A NOISE is a highly entertaining short biography of the American comedy legend Mel Brooks. It's a must see for anyone who is a fan of Brooks.
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InnycReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t eat too much sugar
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Hilarious. Brooks is so smart and quick. Fantastic. Too short :(
Personal note- I was about to turn it off at the end when the credits were showing and I held on, thankfully. Brooks talks about fruit at the end and you know what, I have been addicted to sugar and while I was watching the documentary I ate way too much sugar. It was a sweet coincidence to hear him say don’t eat too much sugar...and to eat oranges because of the fiber. Funny as hell and exactly what I needed to hear. Great job Mel- keep it up!! I admire you.
Bruce M. KernerReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2013
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Best Brooks tribute
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This is a good presentation of The History Of Brooks, Part One. The other two parts are The AFI Tribute to Mel Brooks and The Original Cast Recording Of The Producers. Each of these three are different in form and each has unique content from the others; there is much to be enjoyed and learned in each.

Mel Brooks: Make A Noise is a documentary in interview and clip presentation form. First rate.
The AFI Tribute is in a roast-testimonial form. Lots of fun.
The Original Cast Recording is a vastly entertaining evening with Brooks as he energetically tells us the story of The Producers, from a sound studio's corridors and from the recording booth, in between the Broadway cast singing each of the show's songs; a true behind the scenes documentary recording of a " happening " that is the original cast album.
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Mr. LuckyReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2014
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What Makes A Legend Most...
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Mel Brooks is renowned as a comic genius, but he’s much more. The man is a survivor, a brave street fighter par excellence who’s battled conformity, censorship and staid thinking. He’s made jokes no one else would dare to, broken many boundaries and opened the doors for countless artists that followed his lead. This documentary reveals an inquisitive, introspective legend that remains very much in touch with contemporary audiences. If you’re already a fan, you’ll become an even bigger fan after you savor this appreciation of a true great American icon.
Margot M. BronskiReviewed in the United States on April 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved it!!!
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I'm a big Brooks fan. This gave me some new info on that amazing man.
william culottaReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
There are Greats and then there is Mel Brooks!
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I have seen this a few times and I always am reminded what a genius Mel Brooks has been to Entertainment of all kinds! BCUL
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