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You couldn't make Blazing Saddles today!

5 comments

  1. [2]
    heady
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    Lindsay Ellis has a video tackling the same "you couldn't make a Mel Brooks movie today" idiom but focuses instead on The Producers which is worth a watch.

    Lindsay Ellis has a video tackling the same "you couldn't make a Mel Brooks movie today" idiom but focuses instead on The Producers which is worth a watch.

    7 votes
    1. NaraVara
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      I suppose it depends on the Mel Brooks movie. "A Silent Movie" definitely couldn't get made, because nobody is alive anymore who grew up watching "Silent Movies" to be nostalgic about it.

      I suppose it depends on the Mel Brooks movie. "A Silent Movie" definitely couldn't get made, because nobody is alive anymore who grew up watching "Silent Movies" to be nostalgic about it.

      2 votes
  2. [3]
    envy
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    The video makes the point that westerns were killed off by Blazing Saddles. It looks to me like westerns were well and truly dying off before blazing saddles was filmed in 1973.

    The video makes the point that westerns were killed off by Blazing Saddles.

    It looks to me like westerns were well and truly dying off before blazing saddles was filmed in 1973.

    4 votes
    1. [2]
      mrbig
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      It would be more precise to say that westerns ceased to be an unescapable fad in Hollywood, but they remained a major source of acclaimed productions. A few examples: Unforgiven (1992, won the...

      It would be more precise to say that westerns ceased to be an unescapable fad in Hollywood, but they remained a major source of acclaimed productions. A few examples:

      • Unforgiven (1992, won the Academy Award for Best Picture, among others)
      • Tombstone (1993)
      • True Grit (2010)
      • Silverado (1985)
      • Pale Rider (1985)
      • Dances with Wolves (1990, won the Academy Award for Best Picture, among others)
      • Maverick (1994)
      • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
      • Brokeback Mountain (2005. NOT A WESTERN, but a film that exists in a close parallel to the genre. won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, among a few others)
      • The Hateful Eight (2015)
      • Django Unchained (2012, won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, among others)
      • Hell or High Water (2016)
      1 vote
      1. envy
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        True. The video states that wholesome westerns were killed off by Blazing Saddles and that gritty westerns were more common after Blazing Saddles. It looks to me like Blazing Saddles was more the...

        True.

        The video states that wholesome westerns were killed off by Blazing Saddles and that gritty westerns were more common after Blazing Saddles.

        It looks to me like Blazing Saddles was more the final nail in the coffin.