Sunday, March 10, 2013

HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1

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This is Mel Brooks look on history and it's narrated by Orson Wells, the film has many different segments so I'm going to review the film by it's segments.

THE STONE AGE



After their parody of the "Dawn Of Men" from "2001: A Space Odyssey". We learn about the Stone Age through the point of view of a Caveman leader (Sid Caesar). You'll learn about fire being made, what they did for fun, how death was treated, the first artist, first marriage and how music was invented. This sequence is so hilarious that I won't give any jokes away.

THE OLD TESTAMENT

 

This is a joke that's so funny and brief on Moses (Mel Brooks) that I won't spoil it for you either.

THE ROMAN EMPIRE



This is a mockery on the "Roman Empire" and we're seeing it through the point of view of Mel Brook's character Comicus. Mel Brooks is really funny and this is indeed one of his funniest performances. The supporting cast Ron Carey, Mary-Margaret Humes,Gregory Hines and Madeline Kahn are all laugh out loud funny and are great characters. I also adore and hysterically laugh at the cameos of Bea Arthur, John Hurt as Jesus, the return of the Moses character, Art Metrano as Leonardo da Vinci and Dom DeLuise as the Roman Emperor. The dialogue, the mockery on the Roman culture, Roman and Gladiator movies and religious icons, the anachronism jokes, sexual humor and cartoonish effects are over the top funny and never get old.

THE SPANISH INQUISITION

 

When I saw the beginning of this segment I started to wonder how Mel Brooks was going to make fun of an event when millions of Jews were killed in a very gruesome way.  It'd be like making fun of the Holocaust. Well once Mel Brooks showed up as Torquemada, they word play on his name which made me chuckle. I gave in with thousands of laughs when they started singing and turning this serious event into a  Busby Berkeley musical number. Everything is so comical, so up beat that I just had to laugh and sing along to it. I won't tell you anymore but be on the look out for a cameo of Jackie Mason and Ronny Graham.

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION



The peasants plan to kill the King (Mel Brooks), so he goes off to hide and uses his Royal Piss Boy (Mel Brooks) as his double. Mel Brooks is once again hilarious as these two characters and just like all the characters in the film that he plays, they're one of his best performances and who could forget his catchphrase "It's To Be The King". The supporting cast played by Cloris Leachman ,Harvey Korman (with a word play name again), Andreas Voutsinas, Pamela Stephenson and Spike Milligan are all memorable and funny. Once again the dialogue, it's parody on history, vulgar humor and ending with a fourth wall joke are really funny and always keep laughing.

COMING ATTRACTIONS



After the film, we see a fake coming attraction for the sequel which I won't spoil the jokes except maybe one. Sadly he's never made a Part 2 but he made something close to this film that sort of involves "Jews In Space" and it's...




 This movie is one of Mel Brooks best and I'm rewarding it a great rating.

RATING 5/5

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