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“Brilliant -Terry Jones
"A-…Hilariously profane 'docudrama'"-Entertainment Weekly
"A Sgt. Pepper's-like mash-up of animation, surrealism, fourth-wall breaking, and drag" -The Times (U.K.)
Holy Flying Circus reimagines the controversy surrounding Monty Python's 1979 film, Life of Brian, which was greeted with widespread outcry and accusations of blasphemy. Matters reached a head when Michael Palin and John Cleese agreed to take part in a BBC talk show about Life of Brian with a Church of England bishop and a staunchly Catholic broadcaster. The ensuing TV debate put the Pythons in their most absurd role yet: the voice of reason.
From Oscar®-nominated writer Tony Roche (In the Loop) and starring Darren Boyd (Little Dorrit), Charles Edwards (The Shell Seekers), Tom Fisher (The Illusionist), and Stephen Fry (Jeeves and Wooster), this fantastical docudrama is a Pythonesque peek behind the scenes of one of the most notorious-and beloved-films from the legendary troupe.
EXTRAS Making of the Holy Flying Circus phonotrope, deleted scenes, outtakes, and production stills
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The presentation is quite Pythonesque. The intro could be straight out of one of the episodes and the cut outs are very skillfully put together. The action is punctuated regularly by cartoon type interludes and dream sequences from the mind of Michael Palin which again could have been lifted straight out of Monty Python. The crew of Monty Python sound and behave closely to what one would have expected whilst John Cleese and Michael Palin do look extremely similar to their real life counterparts provided you do not look too closely!
The story builds up to a UK chat show, Friday Night Saturday Morning, which Cleese and Palin are eventually persuaded to appear on since, by that time, the aggravation over the film has reached such a crescendo that there seems nothing to lose. In the other corner are the late Malcolm Muggeridge, a media figure who was a leading campaigner for morals and the Bishop of Southwark. These characters are bombastic, bullying and, although they manage to effectively shout down the Python boys, show themselves up for what they are.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film, but I do have the right background, in that I have enjoyed The Life of Brian many times and seen the Monty Python episodes over and over. Whilst it is certainly Five Star material for me, I quite understand that anyone seeing this without the grounding in Monty Python would be left somewhat bemused and would probably give it quite a low rating.
This is an absolutely brilliant film. And, truthfully, its approach to the topic caught me by complete surprise. Instead of playing it straight, this is a hysterical interpretation employing many Python-esque bits of comedy. I found this to be devastatingly clever and smart (of course, it helps if you are familiar with Python). The principles who stand out are a blisteringly funny Cleese (Darren Boyd) as a contrary curmudgeon and his more beloved counterpart, The Nicest Man in Britain Palin (Charles Edwards). Boyd, in particular, really sends up Cleese in some of the movie's most inspired sequences. I also really enjoyed the unscrupulous BBC producer who sees the scandal as his opportunity to reap glory and awards.
The show utilizes animation, cross dressing, fantasy sequences, and absurdist humor to drive its narrative.Read more ›
It centres around the furore and public hulabaloo that blew up around `The Life of Brian', and the handling that they did to try to get it shown. It was banned in more places than the Sex Pistols Tour had been, with only one London Cinema allowing a screening. In the midst of this Bible bashing self righteousness Mary Whitehousesque frenzy, the BBC waded in. They wanted the boys to appear on the current affairs talk show (not `chat' you understand) `Friday Night, Saturday Morning'.
Michael Palin (Charles Edwards who also plays his own mum!) is the nicest man in the World and John Cleese, well is the opposite and seen as a bit abrasive. As such the duo would be the perfect foils in a healthy adult debate about all matters ecumenical and stuff with some Bishop and womanising alcoholic and former comedian Malcolm Muggeridge.
The Python humour is at the centre of all of this with surreal moments galore which are sent up through out and men playing all the parts. Rufus Jones plays both Terry Jones and Michael Palins wife - without adequate `shaver time'. There are animation sequences to honour Terry Gilliam and a BBC team straight out of `In The Thick of It' with a producer who just wants a BAFTA. There is also a lot of modern satire and clear references to the future through out. Stephen Fry makes a short appearance as God too.Read more ›
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Interesting and kinda funny but it isn't a Python movie. Don't make that mistake.Published 6 months ago by Marc B
This was erroneously described as funny but it really is a dock-drama sprinkled with humor. The Python imposters are great, you will think they are original. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paul J. Mular
Well done and hilarious recounting of the Brian controversy as reenacted by a brilliant assembly of top-notch talent. Read morePublished 20 months ago by James Yoakum
Horrible! To make things worse, I bought this when I was at the store without my glasses. Expected much better. I should have known better. Maybe I can sell this.Published on June 15, 2014 by Robert
A weak screen play,poor direction(one could drive entire army battalions through the holes in the pacing) albeit interesting performances by some prominent British actors... Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by D. Jackson
The film was hilarious and all the actors were great. The film is very quirky and may not be for everyone. But for those who like quirky british humor, it's a must see.Published on March 11, 2014 by E. Roberts
Very entertaining and funny. A story done about the Pythons using a sort of "comedic sketch" format. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Kevin Oliver
I've long known about the controversy surrounding the release of the film Life of Brian, but this dramatization of those events brought the history of it to life in an amazingly... Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Matthew Atanian