Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers.
Laughing Out Loud: Westerns with a Comic Spirit
Many great Western films feature serious stories, but the comic spirit has always been “out West” as well. This series celebrates what Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Doris Day, Paul Newman and Robert Redford have added to Western cinema. Andrew Horton, the Jeanne H. Smith Professor of Film & Media Studies, Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, and author of 30 books and award-winning screenplays, introduces these selections and leads discussions, with humor, of course!
Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974)
Mel Brooks has become the master of parody of all genres in his TV shows and films ranging from The Producers (1967) and Young Frankenstein (1974) to Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). In Blazing Saddles, Brooks creates nonstop humor, farce and slapstick with Oklahoma-born actor Cleavon Little as a black sheriff, along with a drunken deputy played by Gene Wilder. The two are hired by a group of shady characters trying to take over a small Western town through which they hope to run a railroad. 93 minutes. R.