Friday, October 23, 2009

Favourite Comedy Film 17

Blazing Saddles *****

So many memorable scenes and all the regulars

Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, and Harvey Korman. Musician Count Basie has a cameo as himself.

Brooks appears in multiple supporting roles, including Governor Le Petomane and a Yiddish-speaking Indian Chief.

It exposes the racism obscured by myth-making Hollywood accounts of the American West, but in a highly satirical way; the racist slur "nigger" is heard 17 times in Blazing Saddles, while the film's hero is black.

Bart: Are we awake?
Jim: We're not sure. Are we... black?
Bart: Yes, we are.
Jim: Then we're awake... but we're very puzzled.

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