Blazing Saddles (1974)

MEL BROOKS

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 , .  Academy Awards 1974.  

Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little and Harvey Korman in Blazing Saddles.

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.  stars as his befuddled deputy and and  also contribute to the hilarity.    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 parts haven’t aged all that well, it still remains a very enjoyable comedy.

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