The best parts, like the above, all reek of the stage — perhaps another reason why the words tend to predominate, and to take flight from the dull Panavision frames that seek to cage them like winged creatures.
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Despite taking forever to see History of the World: Part I I don't feel like I missed out by not seeing it sooner. There were a few points where I actually laughed out loud (the Bea Arthur cameo and whenever anyone said "Count de Money") but overall I wasn't blown away. Maybe I'll change my tune after a few more viewings...
The Roman Empire sequence is decent and you can tell it's the part that Brooks spent the most time on. Everything else in this move is unfunny and drab and suffers from repetition. Maybe this might sound prudish, but many of Brooks' sexual humor is quite perverted. Quite honestly, I think Brooks is a less funny, less charming, and less attractive version of Woody Allen. Orson Welles is great though!
Through the lens of the Hollywood epic, Brooks parodies human history as a streak of sex obsessed incidents. Presented so blatantly, even vulgarly at times, by the time French revolution hit all that was left were just boobs. Although its hard not to give credit to the overall effort that was placed in its scene by scene mocking.
Having seen movies of his like "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles" first, I'm sorry to say that "History..." left me wanting more. Although filled with classic Mel humor, and the 'jews in space' bit was more than amusing, it was a bit drawn out in places. Also, you can only use the same joke a few times before it loses its effect.