Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles

dir. Mel Brooks (1974)

Film poster: “Blazing Saddles” dir. Mel Brooks (1974)

Brooks crafts a comedy layered with tasteless caricatures; over-the-top expectation gags; cringingly, affectedly b-grade acting (Gene Wilder proving the exception); brash, almost surreal anachronisms; and flights of lunacy that blast beyond the fourth wall. Uproarious in parts, baffling and indefensible in others.

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