As wonderful as the line “Don’t get saucy with me Bernaise” is, I agree that the French Revolution piece fell flat, and since it follows much stronger segments, and since they ended on it, it really just brings the movie down.
I always thought there should have been more and shorter segments. Part of the reason the film feels so uneven, is just that it really is uneven. I’ve never timed it, but the Rome segment and the French segment are HUGE then there’s a bunch of other fun little numbers, particularly at the beginning.
Even if those two segments were trimmed just a little and there was a third segment with the same weight, with the fun little numbers scattered throughout, I think that would have felt better. Things make more sense to me in 3’s. To have just two major segments, with the other skits scattered, always felt weird and poorly planned to me. So much importance was placed on the Rome segment, why not just make an entire film set in Rome???
Better still, I think would have been to have a few quick bits in the first 15 minutes then have about 5 segments weighted almost equally at 10 to 15 minutes each with quick stuff in between. For this concept, I really think a better format would have been the format followed for Woody Allen’s Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask.
Still, a very funny movie.
Flawed, but funny. I’ve enjoyed many viewings, and I just got the Mel Brooks DVD Box Set and watched it again very recently. I always laugh at stuff I missed before, and always laugh at stuff I laughed at the first time.
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