Friday, October 9, 2009

Monty Python flies onto the Big Screen

As a fan of Monty Python's Flying Circus from their earliest American market (KERA in Dallas, Texas was the first American PBS station to introduce the show in 1975) any chance to see the troop was a golden opportuntity. 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) The transition from short skit comedy to feature length comedy just worked well.  Since the members each played major and minor parts, they found a way to tie a bunch of short skits together to provide a story from beginning to end. 

Life of Brian (1979)  Monty Python takes on the bible in this one and it is so full of great scenes and acting that I laugh just thinking about it, from the not-so-virgin birth in another manger on Christmas Night to the final musical number at Golgotha.   Between Biggus Dickus and the legionaire that catches Brian in the act of defacing property with seditious graffiti and proceeds to give a Latin grammar lesson, this is probably the best of their big screen projects.

Notable Exception: If you are looking for items in the same vein as Monty Python, you can't beat "Yellowbeard". Graham Chapman in the spotlight as a womanizing pirate that tattooed his treasure map to his son's head.  The only thing keeping him from cutting it off is the fact that he doesn't want to have to carry around a rotting head.  Features just about every Python alum (with the exception of Gilliam) and other great comic actors, Cheech and Chong, Marty Feldman (died of a massive coronary within hour of filming his last scene) Peter Cook and Peter Boyle.

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