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A course on Western Civ. taught by Professor Mel Brooks.

  • May 14, 2009
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History of the World: Part One (1981) is a funny and hilarious comedy that chronicles the history of western civilization from the stone age 'til the French Revolution. Mel Brooks knows his history and he adds a lot of odd references that a history buff will easily pick out. Mel Brooks also stars in this film as Comicus, Moses, King Louis XVI, Torquemada and a Royal employee. Dom De Luise co-stars as Emperor Nero, Madeline Khan as Empress Nympho, Gregory Hines as Josephus (a part clearly written for Richard Pryor who bowed out early in pre-production due to personal demons), Harvey Korman as Count De Money are some of Mel Brooks regulars who appear in this film. Watch out for a lot of stand-up comics who have cameo roles in this film.

The title (a funny gag for history buffs as well) references the only volume of "The History of the World" that Sir Walter Raleigh wrote before he lost his head (figuratively and literally). A film that is highly overlooked in Mel Brooks' resume. If you love parodies and history then this one's just for you!

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May 14, 2009
I have never seen this film. Will pick it up at the library!
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Awesome book and history, Good read.
review by . December 11, 2008
History of the World, Part I is one the earliest films I remember watching. My parents and I watched it time after time as we all got older, and the more I watched, the more I understood!    The film basically takes five human eras or major events and rewrites them to include satire and comedy. In my opinion, the best ones are the Roman Empire and the French Revolution, but every single setting is funny in its own right.     Mel Brooks delivers an excellent …
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History of the World, Part I is a move written, produced, and directed by Mel Brooks. Released in 1981, the film portrays and satirizes five historical eras or events in earth's human history: the Dawn of Man, the Old Testament, the Roman Empire, the Spanish Inquisition, and the French Revolution.

Distributed by 20th Century Fox, the 92-minute film grossed over $43 million and is currently available in many countries and languages. Contrary to popular belief and what is stated at the film's ending, there is no History of the World, Part II.
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