SUNDAY, MAY 14 AT 7:30PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES
*This film will be shown at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road*
Mel Brooks takes on the Master of Suspense in the gloriously goofy psycho comedy High Anxiety, running rampant through a treasure trove of classic Hitchcock thrillers, including Vertigo, The Birds and Spellbound, to name just a few!
“Brooks’ spoof of Alfred Hitchcock … is crazy, brilliant stuff.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
In his first starring role in one of his own films, Brooks plays Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke, a renowned Harvard psychiatrist with a hidden fear of heights, or High Anxiety. Thorndyke takes over as the new director of the PsychoNeurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous after the previous director dies under suspicious circumstances. Naturally, his efforts to solve the crime lead to danger and much inspired lunacy, including a bizarre shower scene, a very messy battle with a flock of pigeons (trained by the same handler who had worked on The Birds) and increasingly strange encounters with the Institute’s hilariously sinister staff, including frequent Brooks’ collaborators Cloris Leachman (as the kinky Nurse Diesel,) and Harvey Korman (as a ridiculously devious psychiatrist with a highly unorthodox bedside manner). Throw in the great Madeline Kahn as the requisite Hitchcock blonde, a wacky title number sung by Brooks himself as a goof on Frank Sinatra, and a gaggle of slyly sophisticated, spot-on recreations of Hitchcock’s distinct visual motiffs (Hitch was so impressed he sent Brooks a case of wine in appreciation), and you’ve got a movie guaranteed to leave you experiencing High … Hilarity! (Dir. by Mel Brooks, 1977, USA, 94 mins., Rated PG)