How could I ignore Mel Brooks’ classic parody?
Similar to what we did with the creation scenes from the 1931 Universal film and the 1994 Kenneth Branagh version, we watched two video clips, did a SEE/THINK/WONDER for each one, discussed comparisons/contrasts, and then had a short writing assignment.
These are the two clips from Young Frankenstein (1974).
The first depicts Gene Wilder (as Victor Frankenstein) and Peter Boyle (as the Creature) doing a tap dance to “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” What I want the students to see is the parody of how people become afraid of the creature and also how the creature comes to loathe people who treat him badly.
The second clip is when the Creature (Peter Boyle) comes upon the house of a blind priest (Gene Hackman), and the priest unsuccessfully tries to offer his guest some hospitality. I want students to make the connection to the blind man in the hovel where the creature has been spying on and learning from the family that lives there.