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''Silent Movie'' is a 1976 {{Comedy}} directed by Creator/MelBrooks. Advertised as "the first [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin silent film]] in forty years", its AllStarCast includes Brooks himself, Creator/DomDeLuise, Creator/MartyFeldman, Creator/AnneBancroft, Creator/LizaMinnelli, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/JamesCaan, Marcel Marceau and Creator/PaulNewman.

It tells the story of [[RecursiveReality director Mel Funn, attempting, with the help of his friends Dom Bell and Marty Eggs,]] [[PostModernism to direct the first silent film in forty years, by hiring]] [[AsHimself stars Anne Bancroft, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Marcel Marceau and Paul Newman to play in it]], in order to prevent [[RealitySubtext a hostile takeover on his producer's company, Big Pictures Studio, by the evil conglomerate]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Engulf & Devour.]] [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity and over the top]] {{Slapstick}} [[HilarityEnsues ensue]].

May or may not be just an elaborate and clever setup to [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the funniest verbal joke involving a famous French mime ever]].

Unrelated to ''ScaryMovie'' or ''Film/EpicMovie'', although the naming convention is broadly similar.

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!!This Film Provides Examples Of:

* AdamWesting: Most of the celebrities portray over the top versions of themselves. Burt Reynolds is a complete narcissist who has a mirror he stares at in the shower and winks at. Paul Newman is ready to race against anyone despite being in a wheelchair.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Ha ha! Ashtrays INSIDE by the elevators IN A HOSPITAL! That's funny! Actually, what's funny is that ''wasn't a joke'' - it was standard realistic set dressing for a hospital set in the 1970's.
* AsideGlance: Burt Reynolds does this when confronted by Funn, Bell, and Eggs in the old TotemPoleTrench guise.
* BigEater: The fact that people are buying the giant chocolate bars and trash cans full of popcorn at the theater.
* [[BigNo Big "NON!"]]: The only spoken line of the film.
* CakeToppers: The fantasy-segue into a gown-and-tails dance number atop a wedding cake.
* CastingGag: The BigNo is by a ''mime''.
* ChekhovsGun: A faulty Coca-Cola vending machine which is later used as an [[spoiler: improvised grenade launcher]].
** Showing the steam roller before the TotemPoleTrench guise.
* CloudCuckoolander: Marty. Unusual because he's also a CasanovaWannabe.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* FemmeFatale: Vilma Kaplan was hired by Engulf & Devour to seduce Mel. [[spoiler: She gets a SexFaceTurn and falls in love with him, though]].
* FunnyBackgroundEvent
* FunWithSubtitles: The DVD has separate audio tracks for English, French and Spanish, and subtitles.
--> [No Audible Dialog]
--> [No Audible Dialog Continues]
** Also, the text dialogue shown on-screen doesn't always match what the actor is mouthing. See GettingCrapPastTheRadar for just one example of this.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Let's just say that if this movie was made today, it would probably not get away with a PG rating, especially since PG-13 is now a rating.
** When a title card says "You bad boy", Mel Brooks is obviously saying "You son of a bitch".
* GiganticGulp: Mel Funn at one point drinks from a bottle of wine almost as big as he is.
** "[[Film/BenHur Truly he is the king of the winos!]]"
* HelloNurse: Creator/BernadettePeters. Yummy.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: After being driven off the wagon, Brooks is actually able to lift Marty Feldman into the air when the latter tries to stop him.
* IdeaBulb: With a real light bulb.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: Over a still photo of New York City, the orchestra plays "San Francisco," only to have the conductor (famous movie maestro Lionel Newman) cue them out, instruments trailing off in the process. With a tap of his baton, the orchestra switches to "We'll Have Manhattan."
* MistakenForGay: Funn, Eggs, and Bell are subjected to this twice by the same duo of women. That said, they were essentially dry humping each other in public the first time.
* MsFanservice: Bernadette Peters as Vilma Kaplan.
* MurphysBed: Various gags during the motel scene; the trope is also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by a sign at the motel itself.
-->Featuring Murphy Beds: Charming to the unsophisticated.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Averted; not only do the various celebrities in the movie cameo [[AsHimself as themselves]], but they are portrayed in a caustically self-parodying way; Burt Reynolds in particular is presented has an immense {{Narcissist}}, who stops before mirrors to strike poses and has a ''giant billboard with his name and photo on his house''.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Bernadette Peters again.
* ParodyName: Engulf & Devour is named for Gulf + Western, which had bought Paramount Pictures a decade prior.
* RunningGag: That poor newspaper vendor.
* SilenceIsGolden: Of course. The first major SilentFilm release since ''Film/ModernTimes'' in 1936, and the last until ''TheArtist'' in 2011.
* ASimplePlan / ZanyScheme: Parodied; the absurd strategies Mel and his friends use to contact the stars and get them to play in the movie always work. When they use a straight approach, it always fails.
** Though it appears that Burt Reynolds at least only agrees to do the film so they'll stop bugging him.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: When the Engulf & Devour boardmembers are shown a photograph of Bernadette Peters (again, Yummy), as the woman who would be sent to seduce Funn, the table they're sitting at rises several inches.
* TakeThat The company "Engulf and Devour" is a jab at Gulf+Western, a conglomerate which at the time owned ParamountPictures.
* TitleDrop: All over the place. After all, it is about [[Creator/MelBrooks Mel Broo..]] I mean, [[TheDanza Mel Funn,]] trying to make a silent movie.
* TemptingFate: The Studio Chief, when he initially rejects Funn's movie idea.
-->'''Studio Chief''': Don't you know that slapstick is '''DEAD?!'''
-->''*The chief immediately slips, falls under his desk, and is propelled by his chair into an object on the other side of the room*''
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]], as not only the characters do notice the numerous {{Funny Background Event}}s, but they clearly show signs of being surprised and bemused by what they see.
* VengefulVendingMachine: The three protagonists encounter a Coca Cola vending machine that fires out cans of soda like grenades. They later use it as a weapon against the {{villains}}.
* VisualPun: The prime source of most of the humor outside of pure {{Slapstick}}. Of note are the "they're gonna flip!" and sneak preview scenes.
* WackyRacing: With electric wheelchairs, in a hospital.

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