Blazing Saddles (1974)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1974.  Crossbow Productions, Warner Bros..  Story by , Screenplay by Mel Brooks, , Andrew Bergman, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by , .  

This film is pretty much responsible for creating the genre of “spoof” comedy that continues to be popular today. It is on the surface a hilarious recreation of thirties westerns, most notably Destry Rides Again, but it is also a very deep criticism of American racism.

 is excellent as the first black sheriff of a tiny western town, one whose populace doesn’t take too well to their new leader in law but sheriffs never last that long there anyway. Gene Wilder stars as his befuddled deputy and and  also contribute to the hilarity.

Madeline Kahn and her Dietrich-like character of “Lily Von Schtupp” steals the show outright, particularly with the very funny “I’m Tired!” performance number. Many of the jokes and sight gags are still quoted to this day, and although some parts haven’t aged well, it still remains a very enjoyable comedy.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Supporting Actress (Madeline Kahn); Best Film Editing; Best Song (“Blazing Saddles”)

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