History of the World Part 1 [Import]
Mel Brooks's 1981, three-part comedy--set in the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, and the French Revolution--is pure guilty pleasure. Narrated by Orson Welles and featuring a lot of famous faces in guest appearances (beyond the official cast), the film opens well with Sid Caesar playing a caveman, then moves along to the unlikely but somehow hilarious juxtaposition of Caesar's soldiers (the other Caesar, not Sid) with pot humor, and ends on a dumb-funny note in the French bloodbath. This is a take-it-or-leave-it movie, and it works best if you're in a take-it-or-leave-it mood. --Tom Keogh
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This one, and SpaceBalls are my favorite comedys and you cant denie Mel isnt a comical genious with some things, and hillarious goofball in others! He is the King of this kind of comedy!
(...) Starting off from the dawn of time, Mel shows the evolution of man arising, and, well... doing somthing youll have to see for yourself. Then Caveman era with hilarious looks at how paintings where developed, Critics, Death, and Music. Then going into era's of Moses receiving the 15... i mean, 10 commandments ;) and venturing into the Roman times with hilarious lines from Mel, Dom Deluise, Madilin Cann and many more, that I wish i could write the lines here, but youd just see ***** **** *****'s everywhere! Moving through time up to the dark Inqwasition ages and French revolution, Mel has put together one of the funniest movies of all time, and it really should be more well known then this. Its a shame, because it is some of the best material Mel has ever come up with!
And its good to be the king! Mel is definitly the King of comedy! Thus movie prooving it! Maybe if this movie was a bit more known, then it would have come with some bonus features? But even without the extras, i still give it a well deserved 5 star for beeing one of the funnist movies I have ever seen!
"Torquemada--do not implore him for mercy. Torquemada--let's face it, you can't talkimouda anything!"
"Don't get saucy with me, Bearnaise."
Lots of silly, campy lines make History of the World a real treat. As you'd expect with Mel Brooks, the cast is hilarious: Sid Caesar, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Dom DeLuise, Gregory Hines, Bea Arthur, and the funny albeit typecast Andreas Voutsinas (who played Carmen Ghia in The Producers) as the saucy Bearnaise. Cloris Leachman as Mme. Lafarge ("no, no, dumb shkum") is a hoot as she rouses the rabble and wannabe Maurice Chevaliers on the Rue de Merde. Not on the level of Young Frankenstein, but still 90 mins. of good plain fun!
In order for you to understand the humor (very clever by the way), you must have a fair knowledge of history. I'm not talking about the short 400- years of American "history", I'm talking about Greek and Roman civilizations and crist, and stuff like that. The humor in the movie is really very clever, but you won't get it if you don't know what it's referring to (It's like watching the third episode of a mini-series).
I found myself sitting there with a couple of friends and after every scene explaining to them what was going on. They were about ready to kill me (out of boredom) when I finally decided to watch it later on my own.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who liked Spaceballs and Robin Hood. If you liked Young Frankenstein, there may be too many jokes and not enough plot. All in all, this was a great movie.
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Almost as hilarious as when I first watched it many years ago.Published 8 months ago by Chris Danko
Great comedy, love having this on my device to watch when I pleasePublished 9 months ago by Patrick Coppens
I've watchd this movie several times over the years and loved it even more each time! so funny and entertaining. The only sad side is that there is no actual "Part II"!!!!Published 15 months ago by Reader
it funny I've never laugh so hard loved the movie one of my favorites since I was a kid lolPublished 21 months ago by jennifer
I originally saw this movie on television and immediately fell in love with it! It was Amazon that made it possible for me to purchase it and enjoy at anytime. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Charlene King
As a fan of Mel Brooks, I loved it. A fun if not accurate history lesson. Great cast and lots of laffs!Published 23 months ago by J. Blair