AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
1971, Sony Repertory, 89 min, UK, Dir: Ian MacNaughton

A collection of sketches from the first two seasons of “Monty Python's Flying Circus” – all re-shot for this film - was the first taste most American viewers had of the iconic British comedy sextet. “Upper Class Twit of the Year,” “Nudge, Nudge,” “The Dead Parrot” and “The Lumberjack Song” are among the favorites seen here (along with Terry Gilliam’s trademark interstitial animation).


LIFE OF BRIAN
1979, Rainbow Releasing, 94 min, UK, Dir: Terry Jones

Directed by Monty Python’s naked piano player, Terry Jones, on the remains of the sets from Zeffirelli's JESUS OF NAZARETH. Graham Chapman stars as Brian, Jesus' next-door neighbor, in one of the most hilariously dangerous comedies ever. A combination of Mel Brooks, the Marx Brothers and Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason. Blessed are the Cheesemakers?


THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN
1988, Sony Repertory, 126 min, UK, Dir: Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam's third fantasy film (following TIME BANDITS and BRAZIL) is yet another terrific children's film that is just as entertaining (if not more so) for adults. The mythical Baron Munchausen (John Neville) materializes after a heinous performance of his life story and sets off with pint-sized gamine Sally (Sarah Polley) to save a city in trouble, stopping off along the way for encounters with Oliver Reed, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Uma Thurman and Robin Williams as the Moon King. "The worlds Gilliam has created here are like the ones he created in his animations for Monty Python - they have a majestic peculiarity. And you're constantly amazed by the freshness and eccentricity of what is pushed in front of your eyes." -Hal Hinson, Washington Post.


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