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Blazing Satire Blazing Saddles a Mel Brooks film is a perfect example of satire The main object of the movie is to make fun of the western genre of films Mel Brooks is notorious for his satires of many different films and film genres and Blazing Saddles follows true to form as in some opinions one of the funniest films made Many of the films ideas and problems are common in most westerns although Mel Brooks has added a twist In addition the movie pokes fun at a more modern theme racism Many westerns contain some of the same elements For instance almost every western ever made involves a sheriff He is usually the peace-keeper of a small town overrun by outlaws and cowboys which he eventually chases out of town or kills Another element of westerns is a gunslinger A gunslinger is usually a young man who makes his living shooting other men in showdowns a classic example is Billy the Kid Railroads are also a recurring image in westerns Since the railroad was the major mode of transportation in the old west it is always present in westerns Finally westerns always have a villain The villain usually a man dresses very slick and will stop at nothing in his quest for power In addition the villain usually has a gang to carry out his dastardly deeds The gang is usually full of incompetent but loyal thugs who would love to destroy a small town just for the pleasure of wanton destruction The elements of a western are very simple but easily manipulated into a very interesting plot Blazing Saddles contains all the elements of a stereotypical western only with a twist Like most westerns Blazing Saddle has a sheriff but he is black African-Americans usually do not have major roles in westerns Next he is persuaded to save a town even though the citizens hate him An example of
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