San Francisco in Cinema: High Anxiety

Hyatt Regency, Embarcadero Center
The great glass elevators that loom over the cavernous honeycomb atrium of the Hyatt Regency are just one source of High Anxiety for Mel Brooks. The 1977 satire is Brooks' homage to Alfred Hitchcock. Brooks, who directed and also co-authored the screenplay (with Tom Clark, Rudy DeLuca, and Barry Levinson) plays Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous. When he finds himself framed for murder, Thorndyke must confront his demons in order to clear his name. Brooks regular Madeline Kahn appears, as well as Cloris Leachman and Harvey Korman as Nurse Diesel and Dr. Montague.

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