Albums are hardly the only art form to be declared masterpieces. How many teachers have said the same about books? Or museums with rare art? Films are no different, which is why we brought in the very wise and very noble Leah Pickett to host our most excellent new video series, Masterpiece Films. So, join us in the luxurious Music Box Lounge, where we discuss the greatest stories to ever hit celluloid.
On today’s episode, Leah Pickett looks back at Mel Brooks’ comedy classic, Blazing Saddles. Released in 1974, Brooks originally wanted to cast Richard Pryor and John Wayne as Sheriff Bart and The Waco Kid, respectively. When Wayne declined and the studio said no to Pryor, Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder made the characters their very own. The film, a satire of classic Hollywood westerns, has continued to find new audiences time and again thanks to its razor sharp script, which unapologetically jokes about racism and sexism. It was nominated for three Academy Awards and has gone on to be considered one of the greatest comedies in cinema history.