History of the World Part I (1981)


 “Oh, you are nuts. N-V-T-S, nuts! ” – Swiftushistory

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 Times (cable, video and 3 Dec 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A comedic take on many important chapters in the annals of history … from the perspective of the great Mel Brooks

My Take on it – If you’re looking for a filmmaker who knows how to do parodies right, seek no further than Mel Brooks.

This movie is a perfect example as to why; instead of choosing one time period in history to make fun of, he chose multiple ones and the result is amazing.

The cast (in addition to Brooks himself) is really a who’s who of comedy and each one is superbly used in all of the time periods.

Of the periods parodied here, I think the best are The French Revolution and the Roman Empire.

Part of the appeal of Brook’s movies are in his script because he knows how to expertly ass in clever one liners that make you laugh out loud because of their simpleness, yet they still provide great bursts of laughter.

The last few minutes of this movie are “clips” from the potential sequel and it really is too bad that he never made it because some of those ideas are really brilliant. 😦

Bottom Line – Brooks really knows how to parody and this is a perfect example because of the multiple story lines.  Excellent cast of very talented actors prolifically used in each time period.  Favorite time periods parodied here are The French Revolution and the Roman Empire.  So many clever one liners here that are peppered throughout. It’s really too bad he never made the sequel 😦  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film is responsible for popularizing the catch-phrase “It’s good to be the king”. The expression is repeatedly said by Mel Brooks during “The French Revolution” segment. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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