Review: ‘High Anxiety’

High Anxiety is a straight Hitchcockian sendup - homage applies as well - with highs and lows ranging from a brilliant restaging of the shower scene in Psycho to childish bathroom humor.

High Anxiety is a straight Hitchcockian sendup – homage applies as well – with highs and lows ranging from a brilliant restaging of the shower scene in Psycho to childish bathroom humor.

Besides playing the role of a Harvard professor and psychiatrist with a fear of heights who takes over the Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous, Mel Brooks dons the producer, director and cowriter caps.

Even more than the games he can play with the Hitchcock story, Brooks seems to enjoy toying with the technical references – the tight closeups, shots of hands and feet, stairway sequences and manipulation of the interaction between music and visuals. Nearly all of these gags, and none of them require the background of a buff, score.

High Anxiety

Production

Crossbow/20th Century-Fox. Dir Mel Brooks; Producer Mel Brooks; Screenplay Mel Brooks, Ron Clark, Rudy DeLuca, Barry Levinson; Camera Paul Lohmann; Editor John C. Howard; Music John Morris Art Dir Peter Wooley

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Mel Brooks Madeline Kahn Cloris Leachman Harvey Korman Ron Carey Howard Morris
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