When in Rome, do as the Romans

The cover shows a glimpse into all the major different places that are visited throughout the movie.

The cover shows a glimpse into all the major different places that are visited throughout the movie.

Sarah Thompson, Staff Writer

The comedy film History of The World Part 1, which came out in 1981, shows many different lives of different people from all over the world, and the only consistency between them is the one and only Mel Brooks. The movie shows many different people played by Mel Brooks, like Moses, Comicus the stand-up philosopher, Tomas De Torquemada, King Louis XVI, and Jacques, a servant to King Louis XVI.


The movie moves through The Stone Age, The Old Testament, the Roman Empire, the Spanish Inquisition, and The French Revolution and manages to make hilarious and memorable scenes throughout the entire movie. Such as scenes where the Queen goes to pick her knight escort, and scenes where the Queen is being carried in the palanquin, and where Moses comes out and announces the 15 commandments, but accidentally destroys one of the stone tablets, and then announces the 10 commandments.


The movie isn’t even longer than a regular movie, even with the many different plots, as the movie progresses the scenes just keep getting funnier. And if you really know your history, it will sure to keep you entertained. Like the one scene where Josephus sees Oedipus and makes a reference to his relationship with his mother. But even if you don’t know much about the Roman Empire, the scenes are still great. The movie contained many quotable lines, that are sure to stay in your head like, “It’s good to be the King” and “We are so poor, we don’t even have our own language! just a stupid accent.” So be sure to watch this movie at least once in your life.


I would have to give this movie a 10/10, and it has so much humor and a great musical number, too. Although this movie isn’t appropriate for younger audiences, it’s still a much watch for any comedy fan, or any Mel Brook fan for that matter. This is a movie that will forever live in my heart, as it’s one that my family and I all enjoy.