Chapter

Introduction

Alex Symons

in Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780748649587
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676484 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748649587.003.0001
Introduction

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This book examines the career of Mel Brooks as part of an academic dialogue — looking specifically at how he has survived working within the cultural industries from 1949 to date. It looks at Brooks from a new perspective — that of a long-term survivor in the cultural industries and as a specialist in adaptation. By studying his projects in film, theatre, audio records, and television, it suggests that Brooks has survived in what are regarded to be competitive and historically changing industries, primarily as a result of his own personal strategy — most simply understood as that of recycling content through adaptation. The materials and methods used in the study are also described.

Keywords: cultural industries; adaptation; multimedia survivor; Mel Brooks

Chapter.  8071 words. 

Subjects: Film

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