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History of the World: Part I

History of the World: Part I (English with French subtitles)
Main screening room
March 28th, 2024
92 min
Mel Brooks, a hilarious wit

Mel Brooks' comedic style is one of exaggeration, irreverence and absurdity. In addition, his caricatures can be ferocious. With him, there are no half-measures! Director, screenwriter, producer and actor, Brooks has also played with cinematic codes, twisting the western (Blazing Saddles), gothic horror film (Young Frankenstein), silent comedy film (Silent Movie), space opera (Spaceballs) and peplum (History of the World, Part 1), to name only a few.

From March 27 to April 21, the Cinémathèque invites you to laugh your head off - because it feels good. And as a bonus: comedians and humorists will be presenting some of the films.

Many thanks to l'école nationale de l'humour for putting us in touch with up-and-coming comedians!

Presented by Nicolas Krief

History of the World: Part I
Directed by
Mel Brooks
English with French subtitles
Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn
92 min
Comedy, history, musical

From prehistory to the French Revolution, the history of the world reviewed and corrected by the humor of Mel Brooks.

History of the World: Part I
La dernière ignominie de Mel Brooks au meilleur de lui-même. Il y a la vulgarité éléphantesque, torrentielle qui ravage le film d’un fumet continu de flatulences nauséeuses. Le film est la vie même, une manière très païenne de faire rire sans désespoir, ni amertume, ni haine.
Gérard Lefort, 1982

Mel Brooks

Melvin Kaminsky, known as Mel Brooks, is an American director, actor, executive producer, screenwriter, composer, and producer, born on June 28, 1926, in New York. He co-directed his first film with Ernest Pintoff: a parody short film about modern art titled The Critic, which won an Academy Award. He then wrote a screenplay based on his experiences with Broadway producers, which became his first feature film as a director: The Producers, which also won an Academy Award. It was there that he met the actor who would become his frequent collaborator in many of his films, Gene Wilder. In 1974, while filming one of his most famous movies, Blazing Saddles, Gene Wilder proposed an original screenplay. This became Young Frankenstein, a parody of the classic 1930s film.


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