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Mel Brooks: Make a Noise 

In 60-years in show business, he has earned more awards than any other living entertainer. A comedy giant of our time, Melvin Kaminsky developed his aggressively funny personality on the ... See full summary »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Brooks ... Himself (as Melvin Brooks)
Robert Trachtenberg Robert Trachtenberg ... Himself, interviewer
Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage)
Tracey Ullman ... Herself
Carl Reiner ... Himself
Rob Reiner ... Himself
Anne Bancroft ... Herself (archive footage)
Gene Wilder ... Himself (archive footage)
Barry Levinson ... Himself
Frank Sinatra ... Himself (archive footage)
Don Rickles ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Gruskoff ... Himself
Dick Cavett ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Lewis ... Himself
Andrew Bergman ... Himself
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In 60-years in show business, he has earned more awards than any other living entertainer. A comedy giant of our time, Melvin Kaminsky developed his aggressively funny personality on the streets of Brooklyn, and the Catskill Mountains, before landing a writers job on the legendary "Your Show of Shows". The first "2000 Year Old Man" album, recorded with Carl Reiner in the early '60s, unleashed his wacky mind on the world. His brazen satirical film "The Producers" won the 1968 Oscar for best screenplay and such cult classics as "Blazing Saddles", "Young Frankenstein", and "High Anxiety" followed. Brooks has never participated in a biography before and requested that his friends not talk about him - until now - making this film a genuine first. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2013 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(2016) (TV) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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16:9 HD
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The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming. See more »

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Features High Anxiety (1977) See more »

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Much of it is just Brooks talking to the audience....and I'm okay with that.
26 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Mel Brooks Make a Noise" is different from most "American Masters" episodes in that the subject of the documentary is alive AND he pretty much narrates and talks through much of the show. It looks as if the filmmakers just told Mel to talk and they let him go and go and go. Brooks seemed to have no difficulty talking about himself, his life and his experiences with television, films and Broadway. While this could have come off as boorish, it wasn't mostly because Mel comes off as likable and even a bit self-deprecating...just a bit. The show follows his career post-WWII and follows him from his television years in the 50s and 60s through his films and to today. It's never boring and is a pretty good overview of the man and his craft. Another quality production from "American Masters".


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