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I am not keen on FB but Monty Python is always welcome.

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I still have a f.b. Account but I no longer use it I’ve actually removed it off everything.  

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I rented Montey Python's Life Of Brian and I have to say this is hilarious!!! The only other one they have has been rented out 4 years ago and not returned. I'm on the hunt to find some more!!!

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Life of Brian is a must-see, as is Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  The Meaning of Life is a little darker, being later in time.  Look for "And Now for Something Completely Different," which is a sort of compilation of their favorite sketch pieces (the Upper Class Twit of the Year Award is priceless, as seen in Josh's link above!).  And, if you're lucky, you can score the complete Monty Python's Flying Circus 50th anniversary boxed set.  Don't forget the Secret Policeman's Ball, the Secret Policeman's Other Ball, and The Secret Policeman's Third Ball, benefit shows with Python sketches interspersed with (really good!) musical bits.

Some of the post-Python stuff (Jabberwocky, Eric the Viking, Time Bandits, The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen, etc.) is interesting, but Terry Gilliam is a twisted so-and-so as a director.  Just my opinion, you may love it.  

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I'm definitely going to keep my eye out for them all!!! 

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I watched Holy Grail and Life of Brian with my dad as a kid, Was one of the funniest things ever and I spent a long time afterwards quoting the dark knight ( Its just a fleshwound !!! and Have At Thee ) 

Watched Holy Grail with my kids a few months ago, and my daughter still randomly pipes up with " Bring out your dead " 

I had no idea that Time Bandits was in any way connected, I thought that movie seemed a bit off. 

 

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I'm an engineer, so of course I love just about everything Python.  One of my favorite movie bits, however, is "The Crimson Permanent Assurance" short before the Meaning of Life.  It isn't really immediately recognizable as Python, but it is quite looney.

 

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"Always look on the bright side of life"

                                        Montey Python

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One of my favorite sketches, is The Science Fiction Sketch. This could be considered a Short Movie, as it is over 20 minutes long and took up a whole TV episode.

YouTube has it in 3 parts.

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Time Bandits has one of my favorite lines in it,

"You have mercifully been spared the ravages of intelligence"

So many great lines from the series that Python fans still use,

"Wink, winik, nudge, nudge".

" Silly, silly. Much, much too silly"

"He's pinin' for the fjords"

" you do, in fact, have two sheds"

"What if he comes at you with a poin ted stick?"

 

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And now for something not-so-completely different. If you find yourself wanting an hour and fifteen minutes of amusement and insight into the minds of MP.

 

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One of my favourite sketches:

 

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On 1/8/2019 at 1:27 PM, Alan Longmire said:

Some of the post-Python stuff (Jabberwocky, Eric the Viking, Time Bandits, The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen, etc.) is interesting, but Terry Gilliam is a twisted so-and-so as a director.  Just my opinion, you may love it

I'm a big Gilliam fan.  He may have a slightly weird perspective, but I feel that most of his films are a lot more cohesive than the Python originals (with the possible exceptions of Life of Brian and Holy Grail, which were brilliant - and Gilliam co-directed the latter).  Gilliam's themes typically seem to revolve around a kind of existential philosophy where the a perceived reality either triumphs over objective reality, or is vastly more attractive (staying with the King in Time Bandits, defeating huge samurai and flying free in Brazil, overcoming the Turks in Baron Munchhausen, the eternal Don Quixote...).  I've appreciated this perspective ever since reading a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and the Narnia series early in grade school, and Gilliam's films seem to resonate for me.

I certainly won't argue that he is a little twisted, and Gilliam would probably laugh and agree as well.  Still what would Monty Python be without their token former American?  You know he did all, or at least the vast bulk, of their animation.  He also directed some more "mainstream" films like 12 Monkeys, the Fisher King, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

 

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I fiend of mine sent me this email message today. I don't have cable, so it doesn't matter to me, but I thought I'd pass the info  along.

 

The cable channel IFC is running a 12-hour Monty Python marathon on Wednesday 11/27, from 9am-9pm (check local listings). Hours of Flying Circus episodes, followed by Life of Brian and Holy Grail.

P.S. They're showing Godfather I and II on Thanksgiving Day.
  
This has been a public service announcement.

Happy Turkey (or Tofurkey) to all!

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