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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).

1989, Park Circus/MGM, 107 min, UK, Dir: Terry Jones

Told by village wise woman Freya (Eartha Kitt) that Fenrir the wolf has swallowed the sun and plunged the world into the dark age of Ragnarok, Erik (Tim Robbins) gathers warriors from his village to petition the gods to end the darkness. This film has been described as a “Python-esque satire of Viking life,” and also stars Mickey Rooney as Erik’s grandfather. As a favor to his friend and director Jones, John Cleese agreed to replace Jack Lemmon as Hafdan the Black on short notice. “Be there … or beheaded!”

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