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Old 10-01-2008, 08:17 PM
 
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Default Movies that could never be made today

I recently rewatched Blazing Saddles and realized while as funny as ever to me, that movie could never be made today. One politically incorrect joke and racial slur after another.

It got me thinking of other old movies that could not be made today.Here's a couple:

Zulu. A brigade of vastly out numbered British colonial soldiers spend a whole film fighting off a large well disciplined tribe of Zulu warriors. A movie about white soldiers killing a bunch of African natives and looking heroic doing it? Nope. Couldn't be done today.

The Naked Prey. A white man is stripped naked by a tribe and chased across the African savanna like a hunted animal. Uh no. Plays to too many racial stereotypes.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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Seeing Blazing Saddles on tv just infuriates me. The movie is so cut up and bleeped that it makes no sense.

"Birth of a Nation" and "Tarzan" both had problems.

There are lots of films that couldn't or wouldn't be made today, but that is the fun of watching some of them.
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:15 PM
 
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Now Voyager comes to mind!
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:24 AM
 
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Ah, but Blazing Saddles pokes as way more fun at the idiot white guys...not the Blacks. The white morons who are dancing on the railroad tracks to "De Camp Town Ladies" has got to be a classic scene!
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:10 AM
 
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Ah, but Blazing Saddles pokes as way more fun at the idiot white guys...not the Blacks. The white morons who are dancing on the railroad tracks to "De Camp Town Ladies" has got to be a classic scene!
She get's it Another I'd like to see is Song of the South (1946). I believe I could enjoy this aware of the context of its time.
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:31 PM
 
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I recently rewatched Blazing Saddles and realized while as funny as ever to me, that movie could never be made today. One politically incorrect joke and racial slur after another.
If anyone were ever to consider remaking Blazing Saddles, I'd be the first to line up to shoot them, because there are some classics you just don't touch. Sure the film deals with racism, but the message and all of the jokes are speaking against racism.


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Zulu. A brigade of vastly out numbered British colonial soldiers spend a whole film fighting off a large well disciplined tribe of Zulu warriors. A movie about white soldiers killing a bunch of African natives and looking heroic doing it? Nope. Couldn't be done today.
Great movie, but I think it's about a lot more than white soldiers vs. black warriors. The subtext is very anti-Imperialist. The British soldiers are shown with sympathy as men of their time, but they're also shown as foreign occupiers. And the Zulu themselves are not portrayed as dumb savages, but as proud, honorable warriors. One of the greatest "war movies" ever made, and THE best battle sequences ever.

Song of the South... yeah, definitely. Way too politically incorrect.

Most of the great epics --- Ben Hur, Cleopatra, The Ten Commandments, Lawrence of Arabia, etc. --- could be made today, but couldn't be made nearly as well. All of those films shot on location, had huge sets, and extras sometimes numbering in the thousands. It would simply be too expensive a movie to make these days. It would be done all CGI, and be all the worse for it.
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Old 10-02-2008, 03:29 PM
 
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Sixteen Candles

"There's a Chinese guy in your room named after a duck's dork."
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Old 10-02-2008, 04:50 PM
 
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Sixteen Candles

"There's a Chinese guy in your room named after a duck's dork."
Ah, yes! Long Duck Dong!
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:10 PM
 
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*gong*

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Old 10-03-2008, 07:11 AM
 
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"No more yankie my wankie. The Donger need food."
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