Friday, March 06, 2009

Life of Brian

None of us had seen Life of Brian before. Jesus has 2 scenes: his birth and the Sermon on the Mount. It's a 1979 Monty Python film. I was surprised to see full frontal male nudity. That's quite rare in the films I've seen. Though there are lots of funny bits I didn't find the movie as a whole all that funny, but I'm not a huge Monty Python fan.


Roger Ebert says,
Certainly "Monty Python's Life of Brian" is funny, in that peculiar British way where jokes are told sideways, with the obvious point and then the delayed zinger.

Criterion has an edition of this and calls it
the best of the Pythons’ handful of movies, presenting their characteristic lunacy within a fully-developed story structure.

BBC calls it
a perfect comedy, and a gentle triumph of silliness over pomposity, self-importance, and intolerance - "Life of Brian" could be the best British comedy ever.

The New York Times says,
It is the foulest-spoken bib[l]ical epic ever made, as well as the best-humored

Images Journal has a review. So does The Bible Films Blog podcast names it "arguably one of the best in the genre". There's a space ship in this film and perhaps that's the reason Moria has a review, which calls it "the Monty Python team’s finest hour". NPR's Weekend Edition discusses the revoking of a ban.

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