History of the World: Part I

Mel Brooks (director, screenwriter, starring)
Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman (starring)

Culver City, CA: Brooksfilms, 1981. Vintage studio still photograph from the 1981 film.

An ambitious, sprawling historical farce made by Mel Brooks in the heat of his success as a film director. Brooks plays Moses, Tomas de Torquemada, King Louis XVI, and "Jacques, le gar on de pisse." Part I begins, of course, with the Dawn of Man, and covers The Old Testament, The Roman Empire, The Spanish Inquisition, and The French Revolution, ending with a "preview" of Part II (never made, in keeping with Sir Walter Raleigh, who was beheaded before he could write his Part II). The preview includes Hitler on Ice, a Viking funeral, and "Jews in Space."

Shot on location in Las Vegas, Nevada, Old Agoura, California, Oxfordshire and Surrey, England, and Seine-et-Marne, France.

8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.

[Book #158948]