A Tribute to Brooksfilms
While most film fans recognize Mel Brooks as the comic genius who writes, directs and acts in his own movies, it may surprise many to see some of the diverse titles that have sprung from Brooksfilms, the production company founded by Brooks in 1980. Brooks himself will join TCM host Robert Osborne in presenting six of these impressive productions-- four of which star Anne Bancroft, Brooks' wife from 1964 until her death in 2005. Brooks and Bancroft costar in To Be Or Not To Be (1983, TCM premiere), a delightful comedy set during World War II. In addition to acting in Fatso (1980), a comedy with Dom DeLuise as an obese man, Bancroft also wrote and directed the film. In The Elephant Man (1980) she plays the actress Madge Kendal, who befriends the deformed John Merrick (John Hurt); in 84 Charing Cross Road (1987), she is an American woman engaged in a touching 20-year correspondence with an Englishman (Anthony Hopkins). Other Brooksfilms include My Favorite Year (1982), a sparkling comedy with Peter O'Toole as a high-spirited matinee idol making a TV appearance; and The Doctor and the Devils (1985), a gothic thriller in which Jonathyn Price and Stephen Rea play a pair of notorious grave robbers.