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Started by GalacticBusDriver, February 16, 2013, 12:37:09 AM

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Shiranu

Mel Brooks - History of the World, Part 1

Today on things that wouldn't last 5 seconds in modern society, despite it's glaring necessity as a film that portrays Romans and their legacy on mankind in perhaps the most historically accurate light... despite being a comedy...

It's Mel Brooks; you know it's gonna be good. Particularly the amount of call-backs and slow burn jokes are truly just from an era of movie writing long past - it's not "better", it's not "worse", it's just a product of it's time.

Kinda like the almost sickening levels of sexism Mel Brooks shows in the film... but I would like to think, given his own facial expressions, that even he was sickened men actually behaved like this and was just making fun of them.

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On that note, started rewatching Blazing Saddles and my lord... I have not heard so many n words dropped since... uh... *insert mumble rapper who rhymes black person with black person*.
All the evils that men cause to each other because of certain desires, or opinions or religious principles, are rooted in ignorance. [All hatred would come to an end] when the earth was flooded with the knowledge of God. - Moses Ben Maimon

Luther Martini

Quote from: Shiranu on November 19, 2022, 06:17:55 PMOn that note, started rewatching Blazing Saddles and my lord... I have not heard so many n words dropped since... uh... *insert mumble rapper who rhymes black person with black person*.

My favorite line from Blazing Saddles:  "As honorary chairman of the welcoming committee, it is my privilege to extend to you a laurel and hardy handshake."
"Freedom is something that dies unless it's used."  -- Hunter S. Thompson

Gawdzilla Sama

We 'new atheists' have a reputation for being militant, but make no mistake  we didn't start this war. If you want to place blame put it on the the religious zealots who have been poisoning the minds of the  young for a long long time."
PZ Myers

Hydra009

Quote from: Shiranu on November 19, 2022, 06:17:55 PMMel Brooks - History of the World, Part 1

Today on things that wouldn't last 5 seconds in modern society, despite it's glaring necessity as a film that portrays Romans and their legacy on mankind in perhaps the most historically accurate light... despite being a comedy...
My favorite gag in the Roman chase scene is where the Roman soldiers are 420 blazing and one of them asks the other:

"You care if it falls?"
"What?"
"The Roman Empire."
"Fuck it."
*laughs*

Also, if you look closely during the Roman scenes, you can see pale marble statues missing arms (deliberate anachronism)

QuoteIt's Mel Brooks; you know it's gonna be good. Particularly the amount of call-backs and slow burn jokes are truly just from an era of movie writing long past - it's not "better", it's not "worse", it's just a product of it's time.
Exactly.  It had amazing gags that absolutely would definitely be well-received if produced.  Maybe.

Though in seriousness, it's pretty strange that no one has done this sort of a historical anthology comedy since.  It wouldn't be that hard to do a Scary Movie treatment of historical events and personalities.

QuoteKinda like the almost sickening levels of sexism Mel Brooks shows in the film... but I would like to think, given his own facial expressions, that even he was sickened men actually behaved like this and was just making fun of them.
It absolutely was.  The French king in particular was quite the SOB.  "I detest violence." *shoots peasant out of the air*

Imho, his Piss Boy doppelganger, who is genuinely kind, is meant as a scathing rebuke of his character.  A lowly peasant with more humanity than the king.

Note that none of the leaders, from Torquemada to Caesar to the Senators to King Louis, are nice or well-adjusted people.

Shiranu

QuoteNote that none of the leaders, from Torquemada to Caesar to the Senators to King Louis, are nice or well-adjusted people.

Almost like inbred man-children who were pampered from birth beyond belief, and given the right to end entire villages or nations as a birthday gift at 13 aren't exactly fit to be emperor or king - even with education they mostly missed more than hit.

Can't imagine why there is tomes upon tomes, poems upon poems of people crying about how horrible monarchy is... hmm...

Nope, just cant see the connection.

QuoteThough in seriousness, it's pretty strange that no one has done this sort of a historical anthology comedy since.  It wouldn't be that hard to do a Scary Movie treatment of historical events and personalities.

I would love to do a Biblical comedy, or even a realistic drama with none of the mysticism (just setting, no lore), but given the current climate... eh...

Maybe once I have the ability to get out of the country.
All the evils that men cause to each other because of certain desires, or opinions or religious principles, are rooted in ignorance. [All hatred would come to an end] when the earth was flooded with the knowledge of God. - Moses Ben Maimon

Hydra009

Quote from: Shiranu on November 19, 2022, 10:32:49 PMAlmost like inbred man-children who were pampered from birth beyond belief, and given the right to end entire villages or nations as a birthday gift at 13 aren't exactly fit to be emperor or king - even with education they mostly missed more than hit.
Yep.  A lot of ink is spilled condemning the person and their personal failings, as if the Roman Emperors or the French Kings or modern dictators suffered from unique psychological problems, which if removed, would lead to just and prosperous reigns.

Much less attention is paid to the system that took a child and rewarded (or at least not punished) a LOT of misdeeds, from small to large to global, invested them with almost unlimited power, and then set them loose in the world.  The road to hell was already paved before any of these people could walk.

The world could benefit from a similar shift in perspective for current manchild billionaires and "populist" right-wing demagogues.

Shiranu

It was hard to remember if I was talking about medieval kings or the current aristocracy, to be honest.

Even on the inbreeding part...
All the evils that men cause to each other because of certain desires, or opinions or religious principles, are rooted in ignorance. [All hatred would come to an end] when the earth was flooded with the knowledge of God. - Moses Ben Maimon

Cassia

Well done but depressing German fuhrerbunker docudrama movie "Downfall". Link below works for me.

https://ww6.0123movie.net/movie/downfall-10637.html



Mr.Obvious

I prefer the original title 'der untergang'
It's not dubbed, i hope?
"If we have to go down, we go down together!"
- Your mum, last night, requesting 69.

Atheist Mantis does not pray.

Gawdzilla Sama

We 'new atheists' have a reputation for being militant, but make no mistake  we didn't start this war. If you want to place blame put it on the the religious zealots who have been poisoning the minds of the  young for a long long time."
PZ Myers

Mr.Obvious

Good! Think it would lose much of it's strength otherwise.

Weird thing to translate only the title but keep the original language though.

I'm a nitpicking little bitch, i know.
"If we have to go down, we go down together!"
- Your mum, last night, requesting 69.

Atheist Mantis does not pray.

Gawdzilla Sama

I hate reading subtitles, so I didn't get very far into it.
We 'new atheists' have a reputation for being militant, but make no mistake  we didn't start this war. If you want to place blame put it on the the religious zealots who have been poisoning the minds of the  young for a long long time."
PZ Myers