History of the World -- Part I
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History of the World -- Part I
Mel Brooks produced, directed, wrote, and starred in this episodic comedy in the spirit of Monty Python and the 1957 studio travesty The Story of Mankind. The film is divided into five sequences that play like blue-toned Eddie Cantor vaudeville sketches -- "The Dawn of Man," "The Stone Age," The Spanish Inquisition," "The Bible," and "The Future." Also included is a Brooksian depiction of The Last Supper and a long-winded sequence about the French Revolution. The film starts with a 2001: A Space Odyssey parody, narrated by Orson Welles, in which a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dirty jokes, some sparkle in uneven Mel Brooks classic."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Brooks proved that increasing the vulgarity level doesn't necessarily translate into more laughs. Gag after gag falls flat in this potty-mouthed dud."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"Mel Brooks' The History of the World: Part I contains plenty of belly-shaking laughs."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Fifteen minutes of funny material trying desperately to fill a feature film."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Hearing some of those old, beloved one-liners again made me smile, but they did not have the power to make me laugh anew."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The fact that there has been no Part 2 is ample proof that God hates us all."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"Occasional bright moments, but it's clear why there was no. part two."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It succeeds only in fits and starts, but the bits that do work are hilarious!"
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Brooks' fractured History is salvaged by the tuneful 'Inquisition.'"
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"Crude, rude Mel Brooks has low laughs"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Disjointed Brooks effort that is only occasionally amusing"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
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