Blazing Saddle: Film Analysis

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It was incredibly difficult to not to pick one of my favorite films for this project, such as A Clockwork Orange, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and Jaws. However, I went out of my comfort zone and picked a genre of film I’ve never become familiar with- Western. The 1974 film Blazing Saddles was a hilarious frontier/Wild West twist about road worker named Bart, played by Cleavon Little, becoming part of character Hedley Lamarr’s (Harvey Korman) evil plan to out-run the small town of Rock Ridge by appointing an African American sheriff to the massly single-minded small town of racist’s. With the plan to destroy the town to make way for a new railroad, Lamarr is convinced that they town would be so appalled that they wouldn’t stand having an …show more content…

There were a number of scenes where Bart would begin talking directly into the camera, as if he were having a conversation with the viewer. I enjoyed this interaction because it made me feel a lot more connected to his character and the current actions going on in these particular scenes, as if I was there. With this interaction, I was really able to grasp his charm and western personality that went along with his character that never seemed to break. During the final scene in the film, a big brawl between the townspeople and the bad guys, resulting in the having the group directly travel off of the set into the studios and streets of Warren Brothers. Though this scene was HILARIOUS, Little still did not break his performance as Bart and I found it to be quite believable. When picking this film, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect or if I would enjoy it. However, the film literally kept me laughing the whole time through and I found the overall theme to be especially clever. Cleavon Little character in Blazing Saddles was definitely a believable performance for me because he stayed true to his Wild West sheriff self from beginning to end, even during the scenes that traveled off the set through the Warren Brothers Studios. Little provided _, _ and _ to his character that made the film easily

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