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Lensic celebrates 'Blazing Saddles'

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An original cast member of the comedy classic “Blazing Saddles” will host a showing of the film at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Nov. 21 to benefit the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
The event is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of film, director by Mel Brooks, and the 75th anniversary of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. David Huddleston, a Santa Fe resident and shelter supporter who portrayed Mayor Olson Johnson, will reminisce with some tall tales following the film in a question-and-answer session.
Tickets for the event are available at the Lensic box office, 988-1234, or online at TicketsSantafe.org. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit the shelter and its work with homeless animals.
The 90-minute showing begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St.
The comedy Western film was voted No. 6 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years … 100 Laughs. The classic stars Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder as a sheriff and sharpshooter defending a small town from villains Slim Pickens and Harvey Korman. It features a brilliant cast that includes Brooks, Huddleston and Oscar-nominated Madeline Kahn.
Loaded with one-liners, gags and cameos, the film continues to break stereotypes 40 years after its premier. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote of the film that it, “Does everything to keep us laughing except hit us over the head with a rubber chicken.”
The film was added to the National Film Registry for the Library of Congress in 2006.
The benefit is being made possible through the participation of Warner Bros. and The Lensic Performing Arts Center.