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Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Mel Brooks' Affectionate Tribute to Early Cinema 'Silent Movie'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood December 20, 2013 at 2:15PM

The TFH Grab Bag! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with Alan Spencer introducing Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie."
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"Silent Movie"
"Silent Movie"

The TFH Grab Bag! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with Alan Spencer introducing Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie."

Brooks' affectionate 1976 tribute to silent films is oddly subdued (for a Mel Brooks film) though the good-natured comedy still contains plenty of chuckles if not outright bellylaughs. By deciding to keep his actors completely silent, Brooks lost much of the raucous verbal humor that propels so much of his best work. With cameo appearances by Burt Reynolds, Paul Newman and that chatterbox Marcel Marceau.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.