History of the World, Part 1

Released: June 12, 1981
Watched: February 15, 2021

“Virgins, put on your “no entry” signs! We are about to confront… guys!”

This GIF is going into my meme vocabulary immediately.

History Of The World Whatever GIF

The movie had a ton of great lines and I need to rewatch to memorize some of them.

Probably not my favorite Mel Brooks movie (A toss up between Blazing Saddles or Silent Movie, although I do need to rewatch Spaceballs and Men in Tights.) but definitely my brand of comedy.

Structure of the film is reminiscent of Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (although this came first). Some scenes dragged on a tad too long, but every era had at least 1 great gag that had me cackling. I loved how ridiculously over the top the Spanish Inquisition number was.

It’s interesting how comedy has evolved in the last 40 years; A part of the reason why I enjoy watching movies is because they are a snapshot of their times. While a lot of the comedy still holds up there are bits that feel a bit dated. It was slightly jarring how casually “fa**ot” was thrown around as humor, and how male-gazey some of the bawdy humor was. It is very much of the time; I found my reaction strange because it’s not like today’s comedies are sanitized. So what’s the difference; Just the level of overtness?

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082517/

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