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September 10, 2006

Blazing Saddles - 6

A Mel Brooks (Space Balls and The Producers, which Spike Lee turned into the wonderful Bamboozled) satire that is well before its time in 1974. Taking the Hollywood western as a model, Brooks makes a mockery of race, as a black man is appointed as a Sheriff to a small white town. Turns out that he can indeed save the town despite the audience bias that he will end up dead in the first few minutes of the film. Plenty of funny racial and sexual jokes and in usual spoof fashion the actors start to realize more and more that they are in a movie, just in case the audience forgot that this is 'just' a film. On the down side, the chaos that ends the film actually takes away from the good start and middle of the story.

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