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The Oscars to celebrate the 40th anniversary of 'Young Frankenstein'

Headlining The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences event calendar for September will be a 40th anniversary screening of the film "Young Frankenstein." The celebration will also include special guests Mel Brooks, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman and executive producer Michael Gruskoff. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 7:30 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin will be on hand to introduce the comedy classic and host a live onstage dialogue with Brooks, Garr, Leachman and Gruskoff.

Mel Brooks at attend 'Young Frankenstein' 40th anniversary celebration hosted by the Oscars.
Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

“Young Frankenstein,” was made in 1974 with a screenplay adapted by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder. The goal of the film was to pay homage to the Golden Era of monster movies. The film features a large all-star ensemble cast including Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Gene Hackman and Kenneth Mars. The film was nominated for two Oscars, the first for the adapted screenplay penned by Brooks and Wilder and the second for sound.

Along with this incredible event, the Academy released their other events that will be featured in September at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles. Here is a list of those events:

  • "Let There Be Fright: William Castle Scare Classics" - This series of double feature presentations are a centennial tribute to filmmaker William Castle. The double feature screenings will be held each Friday in September and will include giveaways and freebies. Here is the schedule:

September 5, 7:30 pm "The Tinger"
September 5, 9 pm "Hollywood Story"
September 12, 7:30 pm "House on Haunted Hill"
September 12, 9 pm "13 Ghosts"
September 19, 7:30 pm "Mr. Sardonicus"
September 19, 9:10 pm "The Night Walker"
September 26, 7:30 pm "Strait-Jacket"
September 26, 9:15 pm "Homicidal"

  • "Why Be Good" AMPAS presents the U.S. premiere of the recently restored Colleen Moore film "Why Be Good" - September 6 at 7:30 pm. This silent film was Moore's last silent film and features a story of a wild flapper with a questionable reputation who finds herself amorously connected with the son of her boss. The screening will include a Vitaphone soundtrack with hot jazz and twenties dance music along with sound effects.
  • "Animation Masters: John Canemaker Celebrates Winsor McCay and Walt Disney." On Saturday, September 13, Oscar-winning animation director John Canemaker will explore the art of animation including its most extraordinary early achievements. This event has three segments

1. Gertie the Dinosaur and the Birth of Personality Animation at 6 p.m.
2. The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic at 7:30 p.m.
3. “Fantasia” at 8:45 p.m.

  • “The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova)” On Wednesday, September 29 at 7:30 on AMPAS presents the digital restoration of Sergei Parajanov's masterpiece "Sayat Nova."
  • “Two Sides of George Stevens” On Monday, September 27 and as part of the Oscar's lecture series on directing, this presentation juxtaposes two romantic dramas from director George Stevens, including "Laddie," which will screen at 5 pm and "A Place in the Sun," which will screen at 7:30.
  • Tyrone Power Centennial - The Oscars celebrates the centennial of one of Hollywood’s most charismatic and handsome stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Tyrone Power, with matinee screenings of some of his most adored films:

September 2, 1 pm “Marie Antoinette”
September 9, 1 pm “The Mark of Zorro”
September 16, 1 pm “The Black Swan”
September 23, 1 pm “The Razor’s Edge”
September 30, 1 pm “Nightmare Alley”

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