Comedy #4: Blazing Saddles! (1974)
Speaking of morons…
Mel Brooks didn’t just deconstruct the movie hero in “Blazing Saddles!” — he completely destroyed it. It’s amazing anyone was ever able to make another Western after Brooks and crew were done lovingly trashing every trope in the genre. His sendup of racism, sexism and every other -ism also means “Blazing Saddles” is the most quotable movie you can never actually quote in public.
Seriously, can you imagine this comedy getting made today?
In another case of curious timing, PBS is all over Mel Brooks this week with a new documentary on the comedian. He also popped up recently on Fresh Air for an extended interview