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      History of the World: Part I

      R Released Jun 12, 1981 1 hr. 33 min. Comedy List
      63% 35 Reviews Tomatometer 81% 50,000+ Ratings Audience Score Human history is traced through a series of vignettes, beginning with cavemen awestruck by their own magnificence. Then Moses (Mel Brooks) receives the tablets containing the "15" commandments, and Emperor Nero (Dom DeLuise) presides over a madcap Rome with his wife, Nympho (Madeline Kahn). Jumping ahead, the Spanish Inquisition softens repression with song and dance, and a few centuries later Madame Defarge (Cloris Leachman) is fomenting revolution in France. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 08 Buy Now

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      History of the World: Part I may not have enough comedic inspiration to merit a Part II, but the sporadic cleverness of these anachronistic skits are still a testament to Mel Brooks' gift for farce.

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      Rami A It's a Mel Brooks film that shouldn't be taken seriously. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the show. If I spent time analyzing this, I would've given this a lower rating. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/24 Full Review BJ M In the history of the world there has never been a comedy film that was less funny. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/29/24 Full Review P B No one parodies religion in big stage musical cabaret format any better than Mel Brooks. A hidden / cult comedy gem for the very silly hearted. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/30/23 Full Review matthias s "History of the World: Part 1" is like a wacky rollercoaster through time, with Mel Brooks at the helm, determined to blend historical accuracy with hilariously twisted imagination. From cavemen discovering music to Moses delivering the 15 (ahem, 10) commandments, it's a riot of irreverent gags and slapstick that could make even a stoic statue crack a smile. However, like a cake missing a cherry, the film occasionally falls flat. Some jokes feel like they've been passed around since ancient Rome, and some scenes leave you searching for the punchline like it's a lost civilization. It's as if the comedic genius took a few water breaks during the making of this madcap medley. While not quite earning a full standing ovation, "History of the World: Part 1" is worth a watch if you're in the mood for some historical hijinks and a belly laugh or two. Just be prepared to accept that even the greatest empires had their missteps. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/11/23 Full Review AB L The meld of "Monty Pythonesque" historical humor and Borscht Belt one liners yields some occasionally great results, and while its a mess in the first half, the Spanish Inquisition musical number and the French Revolution bits that close out the film are hilarious enough that I'll forgive most of the problems I have. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/31/23 Full Review StephenPaul C LOL, the funniest 01 hour: and 33 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker It’s Brooks’s audacity -- his treating cruelty and pain as a crazy joke, and doing it in a low-comedy context -- that gives History the kick that was missing from his last few films. Sep 12, 2023 Full Review Matthew Rozsa Salon.com "History of the World, Part 1" is one of the all-time great spoof comedies. Its genius can be seen right there in its title. Rated: 4/4 Jun 14, 2021 Full Review David Denby New York Magazine/Vulture 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. Dec 31, 2019 Full Review JoAnn Rhetts Charlotte Observer History of the World: Part I is Mel Brooks at his most appealing since The Producers and Young Frankenstein... This is just the sort of harmless, frequently hilarious summer movie that will appeal to adolescents of all ages. May 3, 2023 Full Review Larry Vitacco Philadelphia Gay News As written and directed by Brooks, the movie's overreliance on sex, scat and Semitic jokes wears painfully thin halfway through the picture. Rated: 2/4 May 26, 2020 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies 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. Dec 27, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Human history is traced through a series of vignettes, beginning with cavemen awestruck by their own magnificence. Then Moses (Mel Brooks) receives the tablets containing the "15" commandments, and Emperor Nero (Dom DeLuise) presides over a madcap Rome with his wife, Nympho (Madeline Kahn). Jumping ahead, the Spanish Inquisition softens repression with song and dance, and a few centuries later Madame Defarge (Cloris Leachman) is fomenting revolution in France.
      Director
      Mel Brooks
      Screenwriter
      Mel Brooks
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 12, 1981, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 24, 2020
      Sound Mix
      Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      Digital 2.39:1
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