History of the World Part 1 [Import]
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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!
Summary: Mel Brook's rather amusing look at the history of the world. Start with Cavemen, then Moses, go to Ancient Rome, then The Inquisition (what a show), then the French Revolution, end the film with Jews in Space.
The Good: this is the kind of movie I don't think they can make anymore. So pollitically incorrect. Nothing is sacred. Okay wait, they can make those, they are by those South Park Guys. The difference, this is somehow wholesome. It's not vulgar, brutal and disgusting and done just to shock people, it's done to make people laugh. I haven't laughed as hard at a movie in a long time. The number of quotes you will get from this movie will rival that of Holy Grail (and as a Fantasy gamer, that's saying something)
The Bad: Some of the jokes in this are groaners of the worse sort. Personally I still laughed, but man they were just BAD. This movie is dated. You can tell it's an early 80s movie about 5 mintues after putting it on. I personally find that the Roman scene drags on way way too long. It's friggin half the movie. Sure it's funny, but come on there have to be other periods of history they could have made fun of.
The Ugly: you can only take so much. The sheer amount of stupid comedy in this movie can be overwhealming. By that I mean, that by about the start of the French Revolution (or the End of the Roman Empire for some) it just isn't funny anymore. You have laughed at enough dumb jokes by then and aren't laughing anymore (well until Mel says "It's good to be the King"). Now I did find the cure for this, Alcohol. This was my first time watching this movie well drinking (it was the plan, "let's go rent History and get drunk") and I have to say it's much funnier and funny the whole way through.
Overall: A classic. Hilarious, Mel Brooks at his best. It may be too much for some people, but I don't know those people
"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!
Most recent customer reviews
Almost as hilarious as when I first watched it many years ago.Published 13 months ago by Chris Danko
Great comedy, love having this on my device to watch when I pleasePublished 14 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 20 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 on May 17 2014 by jennifer