History of the World: Part I
Ten million years in the making. The truth, the whole truth, and everything, but the truth!
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 14, 2009
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- (unspecified) - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Mel Brooks, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Sid Caesar & Dom DeLuise|
|Directed by||Mel Brooks|
|Composition by||John Morris|
...Chock full of amusing cameos...
History of the World, Part I-which has no sequel-spoofs multiple genres in this anthology showing that there are no limits to the mind of writer-director Mel Brooks. Full Review
Solzy at the Movies
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Brooks' fractured History is salvaged by the tuneful 'Inquisition.' Full Review
What Would Toto Watch?
What [Brooks] takes to be the glorious folk humor that modern people have repressed looks to many of us like the tired jokes that were yawned off the burlesque stage 50 years ago. Full Review
New York Magazine/Vulture
Hearing some of those old, beloved one-liners again made me smile, but they did not have the power to make me laugh anew. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- The fact that there has been no Part 2 is ample proof that God hates us all.
Rating: 2/4 -- Mel Brooks's movie History of the World, Part 1 is a rambling, undisciplined, sometimes embarrassing failure from one of the most gifted comic filmmakers around. Full Review
Description by OLDIES.com:
Mel Brooks' uproarious version of history proves nothing is sacred as he takes us on a laugh-filled look at what really happened throughout time. His delirious romp features everything from a wild send-up of "2001" to the real stories behind the Roman Empire (Brooks portrays a stand-up philosopher at Caesar's Palace), the French Revolution (Brooks reigns as King Louis XVI) and the Spanish Inquisition (a splashy song-and-dance number with monks and swimming nuns.) It's Mel and company at their hilarious best.
In this spoof of great moments in history from the dawn of humanity through the French Revolution, director Mel Brooks delivers a twisted history lesson through his signature satirical, madcap humor. Funny, vulgar, and narrated by the great Orson Welles, HISTORY OF THE WORLD - PART I tells the progress of humankind as cave dweller, tap-dancing slave, and biblical hero. The most famous bit in the film features Moses coming down from Mount Sinai. Other highlights include a hilarious "Hitler on Ice" sequence and other outrageous comic situations, unbelievably silly jokes, and inspired casting (Sid Caesar, Gregory Hines, and Madeline Kahn included), with the film itself mimicking several historical Hollywood epics, most notably THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, as well as a brilliant parody of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.
- Brooks had originally intended to make a HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART II, which would have taken the narrative through to the present, but never did.
- Director Paul Mazursky (MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON, DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS) makes a cameo appearance as a Roman officer.
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