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Blazing Saddles

Released 1974
Distributor Warner Bros.

Wacky anachronisms abound in Mel Brooks’ now classic sagebrush satire about a black sheriff in a racist western town. It’s an unstructured, fourth wall-breaking romp that recalls Hellzapoppin’  and stands proudly as the first major studio film to break the currently inexplicable embargo against fart jokes. Shot under the title Black Bart, it spawned an unsold tv pilot of that name in 1975. It premiered at Burbank’s Pickwick Drive-In where horseback riders were admitted free.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.