Flashback Friday: History of the World: Part I (1981)

Mel Brooks is a legend for a reason. His comedy is hilarious, gut-busting, not exactly politically correct, and has kept generations of fans entertained.

His 1981 film, History of The World: Part I is a series of short stories about various times in world history told as only Brooks can. The list of co-stars is impressive (many of whom starred in multiple Brooks movies): Gregory Hines, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, etc.

Like all Mel Brooks productions, the movie is highly laughable and highly quotable. Every time I put this one on, I know that I will have a good time. Though I bristle at the extreme sexism in the French Revolution section (even when I know it is satire), I love Madeline Kahn’s character during the Roman era. It is Kahn at her best.

The other section that I look forward to every time is the Inquisition. As he did in The Producers, he mocks and takes the power away from the haters while making the viewer laugh.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

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Flashback Friday-Muppets Take Manhattan

There are some movies that are so much a part who we are as people, that the moment we sit down to watch it, we are taken back to that place and time.

One of these movies, for me at least is Muppets Take Manhattan, premiering in 1984. The Muppets have a musical in which they want to take to Broadway. But, as anyone who has tried to make it on the great white way will tell you, constant rejection is par for the course.

In addition to the cast of Muppet characters that we all know and love, this movie is filled with cameos. Linda Lavin, Joan Rivers, Liza Minnelli, Gregory Hines, Brooke Shields, etc.

How do I love this movie and recommend it? Let me count the ways…..

 

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