Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A Very Funny Movie

At 2 AM this morning the USA Network broadcasted one of my all-time favorite movies, Blazing Saddles. I have the movie on video tape and could have watched it commercial free, but I didn’t want to go digging in my treasure closet again. Who knows what I might have found that would sidetrack me from watching the movie.
Even chopped up and full of commercial breaks, the movie is still hilarious. I’ve seen this movie at least 20 times and still find myself laughing throughout the movie. If you like comedy, satire and parody, you’ll love Blazing Saddles. Sight gags, slapstick, well written verbal repartee and Mel Brooks’ use of Yiddish terms all blend well together.
This movie is the epitome of political incorrectness. Racial slurs, ethnic jokes and stereotyping. I believe that it was the first movie that I had seen that used the word nigger to describe “a person of color” (my dad always used this term to describe Black Americans e.g. “a person of color came into my store today.”).
Richard Pryor was one of the screenwriters for Blazing Saddles, so this use of this language doesn’t surprise me. Although he is not credited, I believe that Woody Allen added put some of his shtick into the screenplay. Allen and Brooks collaborated together, as writers, on the old Sid Caesar television program in the 1950’s.
This afternoon I ordered the DVD version of Blazing Saddles from Amazon.com for less than $10 plus shipping. It’s the 30th Anniversary Edition. Amazon also has DVD’s of the old Sid Caesar show for sale. They are not inexpensive, but well worth owning and watching.
As always, if you are interested in purchasing anything from Amazon, please link to them through my Amazon button in the right hand column of this Blog.

The Beach Bum

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