529. History of the World in Three Minutes Flat – Michael Mills


SUMMARY: An extremely condensed depiction of world history through some of the planet’s major events.

WHY IT’S HERE: A decade before ‘History of the World in Three Minutes Flat’, Canadian director Michael Mills attempted to squeeze all of evolution into a ten minute timeframe and got Oscar nominated in the process. The Academy obviously like concise history lessons because ‘History of the World in Three Minutes Flat’ got Mills nominated for his second and final Oscar. This ambitious, irreverent and very funny short begins with a couple of Biblical references before storming its way through a barrage of world events depicted in a series of witty, blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em images. The short is very funny but there’s a serious underlying message about just how many of these pivotal events focus around war, death and destruction. Mill’s has no time for chin-stroking though. With just three minutes to work with, this film is all about the laughs and is all the better for it.


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