This lesson focuses on the extreme violence that permeated Roman society and how that violence may have attributed to the downfall of the Roman Empire.
Plot[ edit ] The film is a parody of the historical spectacular film genre anthologyincluding the sword and sandal epic and the period costume drama subgenres.
Other intermediate skits include reenactments of the giving of the Ten Commandments and the Last Supper. The Stone Age[ edit ] Cavemen including Sid Caesar depict the invention of fire, the first marriages, the first artist which in turn gives rise to the first criticand early attempts at comedy and music, by smashing each other's feet with rocks and thus creating an orchestra of screams until performing Handel's " Hallelujah Chorus " at the end.
When announcing the giving of the reception of the law to the people, Moses proclaims, "The Lord Jehovah has given unto you these fifteen For all to obey! Josephus' life is spared when he is conscripted into the service of the Empress Nympho Madeline Kahn.
In ancient Roman culture, Miriam could have freed Josephus just by touching him, because she was a vestal virgin. Comicus forgets his audience and begins to crack insulting one-liners about the emperor's abundant body contours and corrupt ways.
Josephus absentmindedly pours a jug of wine into Nero's lap and is ordered to fight Comicus to the death in a gladiatorial manner. They fight their way out of the palace, assisted in their escape by Miriam, Empress Nympho and a horse named Miracle.
After Miriam helps Comicus, Josephus and Swiftus briefly find refuge in Empress Nympho's home, Josephus is "outed" among a row of eunuchs after " reacting " to a seductive dancer's performance, and the group is chased by Roman soldiers led by Marcus Vindictus Shecky Greene.
As the soldiers gain on the group's cart pulled by MiracleJosephus instructs them to pull over in a field and requests lots of papyrus. He takes "Roman Red" marijuana which is growing alongside the road and rolls it into the papyrus, forming a device he calls Mighty Jointsets fire to it and mounts it to the back of their chariot, trailing smoke into the chasing army.
The resulting smoke confuses and incapacitates the trailing Roman army. The escaping group then sets sail from the port to Judea. While waiting tables at a restaurant, Comicus blunders into a private room where the Last Supper is taking place, as Jesus is telling the apostles "One of you has betrayed me tonight".
The Apostles are in fear. Dissatisfied that he can only see the backs of half of their heads, he has them move to one side of the table and paints them with Comicus behind Jesus, holding a silver plate which doubles as a halo. The segment is one long song-and-dance number featuring Brooks as the infamous Torquemada.
The segment opens with a herald introducing Torquemada and making a play on his name, noting that despite the pleas for mercy from the condemned, that you "can't Torquemada anything" talk him outta anything.
Several instances of "comical" torture are shown including a spinning iron maiden and " water torture " re-imagined as an Esther Williams -style aquatic ballet with nuns. Jackie Mason and Ronny Graham have cameos in this scene as Jewish torture victims.
A beautiful woman, Mademoiselle Rimbaud Pamela Stephensonasks King Louis to free her father, who has been imprisoned in the Bastille for 10 years because he said "the poor ain't so bad. He then gives her 10 seconds to decide between "hump or death" and at the last second she agrees to "hump".
De Monet manages to convince the king that the revolution is building and he needs to go into hiding, so they will need a stand-in to pretend to be him. Later that night, Mlle Rimbaud, unaware of the subterfuge, arrives and offers herself to the piss-boy who is dressed as the king.
As she invites him to take her virginityhe pardons her father without requiring the sexual favors. After Mlle Rimbaud and her senile father Spike Milligan return from the prison, the peasants burst into the room and capture the piss-boy "king" and Mlle Rimbaud. They are taken to the guillotine for the crimes committed by the crown.
When asked if he would like a blindfold or any last words, Jacques declines. However, when they test the guillotine, Jacques make a final request for Novocain. The executioner declares "there is no such thing known to medical science", to which Jacques replies "I'll wait".
Just as Jacques is about to be beheaded, Rimbaud muses that "only a miracle can save him now", and Josephus arrives in a cart pulled by Miracle, the horse from the film's Roman Empire segment.
They all escape Paris, riding away in the cart.Sep 01, · Watch video · Beginning in the eighth century B.C., Ancient Rome grew from a small town on central Italy’s Tiber River into an empire that at its peak encompassed most of continental Europe, Britain, much of.
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History of the World, Part I is a American anthology comedy film written, produced, and directed by Mel Brooks. Brooks also stars in the film, playing five roles: Moses, Comicus the stand-up philosopher, Tomás de Torquemada, King Louis XVI, and Jacques, le garçon de pisse.
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