Blazing Saddles Succeeds where Other Films have Failed

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American western movies were a thing of the 1950’s but they were no longer captivating in the 1970’s. It was apparent that guns, cowboys, and American heroes were no longer seen as a point of interest for the viewing public. Mel Gibson’s film entitled, Blazing Saddles, debuted in 1974 and seemed to fit the bill of the post-1960’s western. Blazing Saddles is a film that is able to take on racism and utilize it as an important reflection of the time. The film goes where no film has gone before in terms of discussing race and Hollywood. Blazing Saddles was able to seemingly integrate elements of Blaxploitation and introduce the film industry’s first interracial buddy comedy. After the Vietnam War and the Civil-Rights Movement, society was ready to engage in a cultural change. In Hollywood, filmmakers began creating “Blaxploitation” films like Foxy Brown and Shaft giving black but urban heroes the ability to be the main attraction. In turn, Blaxploitation was able to set the stage for Blazing Saddles. Blaxploitation emerged from mixing black entertainment and exploitation films together. An exploitation film is usually labeled as low budget and aims to gain financial success by eagerly trying to expend a current trend interest. Blaxploitation films usually casted African American actors and often featured the stereotypical African-American urbanite. In Blazing Saddles, the African-American urbanite is in the form of Cleavon Little’s character, Bart. From the beginning of the

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