“Your favorite movie?,” you ask. “What’s your favorite movie of all time, the one cinematic masterpiece that transcends all others; that you reference in your head at odd and completely random times; that you can recite line for line; that you force your friends to watch who haven’t seen it?” Easy. Robin Hood: Men In Tights.
Ok yes, I was 9 years old when Men In Tights was released, and it clearly made an impression on my extremely advanced and mature childhood brain. But most importantly, it introduced me to the amazing world of Mel Brooks. While Men In Tights was my first Brooks film, it’s not the only one I can recite line-for-line: Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, History of the World: Part I, Young Frankenstein – these are the things that I save precious brain-space for, so I can whip out that crucial one-liner at just the perfect moment and impress everyone in the room with my (read: Mel Brooks’s) amazing wit: “A toll is a toll, and a roll is a roll, and if we don’t get no tolls, then we don’t eat no rolls.” “Don’t get saucy with me, Bearnaise!” “Mongo only pawn… in game of life.”
If you’re as much of a Mel Brooks fan as me, you’ll be shocked, SHOCKED to learn that Mr. Brooks has never, ever allowed a documentary to be made about him… until now. So The American Masters documentary, Mel Brooks: Make A Noise, airing on tpt2 on Monday, May 20 will be some must-watch television. And you better believe that I’ll have my quote book on hand.
Joel is a contributor to Rewire, and works for MN Original at Twin Cities Public Television.