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The Gospel according to Monty Python: In Judea, a boy is born in a manger a short distance from and about the same time, as Jesus Christ. Three wise men from the East are for a time deceived by this proximity into believing that he is the promised Messiah, but it soon becomes apparent that he is, in fact, only a hapless peasant named Brian. However, the "Life of Brian" causes plenty of commotion for the Roman Empire and leaves him desperate to escape his burgeoning popularity.
"Blessed are the cheesemakers," a wise man once said. Or maybe not. But the point is Monty Python's Life of Brian is a religious satire that does not target specific religions or religious leaders (like, say, Jesus of Nazareth). Instead, it pokes fun at the mindless and fanatical among their followers--it's an attack on religious zealotry and hypocrisy--things that that fellow from Nazareth didn't particularly care for either. Nevertheless, at the time of its release in 1979, those who hadn't seen it considered it to be quite "controversial."
Life of Brian, you see, is about a chap named Brian (Graham Chapman) born December 25 in a hovel not far from a soon-to-be-famous Bethlehem manger. Brian is mistaken for the messiah and, therefore, manipulated, abused, and exploited by various religious and political factions. And it's really, really funny. Particularly memorable bits include the brassy Shirley Bassey/James Bond-like title song; the bitter rivalry between the anti-Roman resistance groups, the Judean People's Front and the People's Front of Judea; Michael Palin's turn as a lisping, risible Pontius Pilate; Brian urging a throng of false-idol worshippers to think for themselves--to which they reply en masse "Yes, we must think for ourselves!"; the fact that everything Brian does, including losing his sandal in an attempt to flee these wackos, is interpreted as "a sign." Life of Brian is not only one of Monty Python's funniest achievements, it's also the group's sharpest and smartest sustained satire. Blessed are the Pythons. --Jim Emerson
I have always thought that The Life of Brian was the funniest of the Python films and I've watched and watched my dvd over and over, until my hearing took a nose dive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Foxster
You will "Look on the bright side of life" great/funny movie. And I'm not a particular Monty Python fan.Published 1 month ago by dmw
Life is not complete until you have experienced Monty Python's Life of Brian.Published 1 month ago by Dennis Dickert
What can I say, Great when it first came out, still just as humorous, especially if you had an old school Catholic education as a young child.Published 1 month ago by Freedomfighter
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|Why is this rated X?||
There is a full frontal nude male for less than a second and a nude girl (fleetingly). Also several curse words are said. I suspect some overzealous person at a local theatre decided to kill any potential customers by labelling it with an X. It was 1979.
Feb 15, 2009 by Mike Dupske | See all 7 posts
|Any word on if this has been remastered?||
I just found this on a Brit DVD site. Looks like it's worth buying, although it is also included in the new Monty Python Monster Box set:
Disc 1: Main Feature
Immaculately Remastered Picture and Sound
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English and Italian DD5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English HOH, Arabic,... Read More
Nov 2, 2007 by J. Glahn | See all 3 posts
|I don't get it..||
I think they mean Region A (North America and Japan), which still will not play on an European PS3 because that is Region B or C. Sony, Philips and the rest of the BDA want to continue Region Coding on the next generation format. Why...I don't know. Hopefully, we will begin to see Multi-region... Read More
Jan 21, 2008 by E. D. Stebbins | See all 4 posts
|Life of Brian DVD||
I do not think so but i am not sure.
Nov 6, 2006 by K. W. O'donoghue | See all 2 posts
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