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Life of Brian
Monty Python's Life of Brian

UK 1979
produced by
John Goldstone, George Harrison (executive), Denis O'Brien (executive), Tarak Ben Ammar (executive) for HandMade Films, Python (Monty) Pictures
directed by Terry Jones
starring Monty Python (= Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin), Sue Jones-Davies, Terence Bayler, Carol Cleveland, Kenneth Colley, Neil Innes, Charles McKeown, John Young, Gwen Taylor, Peter Brett, John Case, Chris Langham, Andrew MacLachlan, Bernard McKenna, Spike Milligan
written by Monty Python (= Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin), music by Geoffrey Burgon, animation sequences by Terry Gilliam, song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle

Monty Python, Jesus Christ

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) is born in Judaea on the very same day as Jesus and only a few stables away from the messiah - which is why the Three Wise Men (John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin) almost confuse little Brian for the real McCoy ...

Later in life, Brian has grown up to be a man who is a wage-slave to the Roman occupants on one hand, but he's also receptive to the teachings of Jesus (Kenneth Colley) and before long joins the People's Front of Judaea, led by Reg (John Cleese), where he also meets Judith (Sue Jones-Davies), the woman he falls in love with.

Eventually he takes part in a kidnapping plot where all of his colleagues are slaughtered though - though not by the Romans but a rivalling resistance group - and he finds himself running from the Romans. And while on the run, Brian has to pose as a preacher - and wouldn't you know it, accidently he is mistaken for the messiah and without any effort of his own attracts a large following - pretty much the last thing a man on the run needs. Consequently the Romans catch him before long and crucify him - and even his friends from the Prople's Front rather let him die on the cross and become a martyr than to free him.

But that said, the film still ends with a song, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, sung by the guy (Eric Idle) on the cross next to Brian's.

 

The Monty Pythons' take on epic movies and especially bible movies: A wild satire on anything from religion to politics to Latin lessons - and yet to this day, the film is much more relevant than more literal Jesus movies like Mel Gibson's Passion of Christ (2004), mainly because Life of Brian, beneath all the comedy, adds a layer of reflection to the genre not usually found in films of that ilk. That all said, the main attraction of the film though is that it's wickedly funny, with the Monty Pythons being on top of their game both writing and acting-wise, plus other than in Monty Python and the Holy Grail - which is of course great fun in its own right -, this time around the troupe managed to integrate their gags into a coherent whole which is competently put to the screen by Terry Jones - which all results in a truly great comedy.

Highest recommendation.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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