There are days when you wake up and you know your day won’t be complete if you don’t start it by watching one of Mel Brook’s films. If 20 years ago someone asked me, who would be an ideal husband for me, that would be a no brainer – Mel of course. Back then he was married to Ann Bancroft so I didn’t stand a chance but hey, what would we have in life without dreams???
There isn’t a single film I can pick as my favorite…But you should always watch one to start the day.
For various reasons, like random but witty references – in ‘Spaceballs’: ‘Prepare for the metamorphosis, are you ready Kafka?’
Absurd: in’Producers’ – the whole idea of making a musical about a Hitler who’s gay. As one of the producers, Max put it:’ That’s exactly why we want to produce this play. To show the world the true Hitler, the Hitler you loved, the Hitler you knew, the Hitler with a song in his heart’.
Brilliant dialogs : in ‘Blazing Saddles’ – Lamarr: My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives. Taggart: Gol darnit Mr. Lamarr. You use your tongue prettier’n a twenty dollar whore.
I could go on forever. Also, I was brought up during communism, my reality at the time was absurd and incoherent. In a way Mel Brooks films with his own absurd way were bringing some comfort and understanding to my life. Not to mention that it’s a feast for any movie lover to watch his work, as he based his films on famous pictures and referred quite often to film history.
I remember my shock when I discovered Boyfriend never watched any of Mel’s films. We had a very quick and fruitful education…You can say ‘mala educacion’….
To have as nourishing breakfast as the feast you get from Brooks’ films, you need buckwheat pancakes!
2 cups buckwheat flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 mashed banana
pinch of salt
1 tbsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Grease a non-stick pan with coconut oil, fry pancakes in batches o both sides. Serve with berries and maple syrup.