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Tass
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Re: Best Monty Python film?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:53 pm

So, in my mind there are only two that can really stand a chance of winning this title - Life of Brian or Holy Grail.  Some people our there rate Meaning of Life, but that doesn't really cut it as a film I'd think - closer to a sketch show in my mind.

My vote's for Life of Brian, as I grew up on this, watching it ad nauseum.  Let's see where this goes...

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Re: Best Monty Python film?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:09 pm

Some of the activity on this forum reminds me of Monty Python humour, but that's a different matter.  (The cheese shop sketch springs to mind... a shop with no actual cheese in stock )

Programming language Python was named after Python too, apparently.  (OK you probably all know this.)

Anyway, Life of Brian I guess.  "I'm Brian and so's my wife"!

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Re: Best Monty Python film?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:29 pm

I think we should form a committee to discuss how we decide:



And I guess from the fact that I posted that video I have to vote for Brian.

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Re: Best Monty Python film?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:44 pm

I'll go with the Holy Grail.  My mother is a Chaucer expert so illuminated manuscripts brought hilariously to life are to me worth the price of admission.  The Black Knight segment is such a great metaphor for companies and arguments that refuse to die even when they're bleeding to death.  And the subtitles at the beginning in fåke Nørwegian are just brilliant.  And the songs are terrific, especially the ones that only barely get started.  And it makes fun of the French.  What's not to like?

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Re: Best Monty Python film?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:55 pm

Both Holy Grail and Life of Brian are great films that I am happy to re-watch. I would have difficulty choosing one over the other. In Holy Grail I particularly like the repeated references to swallows and weight/velocity ratios. In Brian it would have to be What did the Romans do for us.

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Re: Best Monty Python film?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:06 pm

Well it's easy, got to be the 'life of Brian'. Because I'am called Brian

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Re: Best Monty Python film?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:14 pm

Jabberwocky.

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Re: Best Monty Python film?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:22 pm

Cannon Fodder said:


Well it's easy, got to be the 'life of Brian'. Because I'am called Brian


"…and so is my wife!"

The Meaning of Life was on Cable TV (in the UK) the other evening – I particuarly enjoyed the sex-ed scene – hillarious   but as you say, not really a film as such.

Between the two, I think Brian just pips Grail, although I always enjoy both of them.

Best scene:

(Brian is painting anti-Roman slogans as grafitti on a wall…)Centurion: What's this then? Romanes eunt domus? People call
around marnays they go the house?
Brian: It...it says: "Romans go home."
Centurion: No, it doesn't.
Brian: Aih.
Centurion: What's Latin for Romans? Come on!
Brian: Aih! Aah! Romanus!
Centurion: Goes like...?
Brian: Anis?
Centurion: Vocative plural of anis is...?
Brian: Ani?
Centurion: Romani...Eunt? What is eunt?
Brian: "Go"! De...
Centurion: Conjugate the verb "go"!
Brian: Aah...ere, eo, is, it, imus, itis, eunt.
Centurion: So eunt is...?
Brian: Aah, ehm...third person plural present indicative.
Ehm..."they go".
Centurion: But "Romans go home" is an order, so you must use
the...?
Brian: Aih! Imperative!
Centurion: Which is...?
Brian: Ehm, oh...oh, ehm...i, i!
Centurion: How many Romans?
Brian: Aah! it's...plural, plural! Ite! Ite!
Centurion: Ite.
Brian: Aah, ah.
Centurion: Domus? Nominative?
Brian: Ah, ah?
Centurion: "Go home", this is motion towards, isn't it, boy?
Brian: Ehm...ehm...dative sir?
Sword: [Slinskt]
Brian: Aih! Ooh! Not dative, not the dative, sir! Nah, aah!
Ooh! The...accusative! Accusative! Aah! Domum, sir! Ad
domum!
Aah, ooh!
Centurion: Except that domus takes the...?
Brian: Aah! The locative, sir! Aah!
Centurion: Which is...?
Brian: Domum! Aah, ah, aah...
Centurion: Domum...um. Understand?
Brian: Yes, sir!
Centurion: Now, write that a hundred times!
Brian: Yes, sir! Thank you, sir! Hail Caesar, sir! ...

Sheer genius!!!

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Re: Best Monty Python film?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:33 pm

Well, Life of Brian's taking a convincing lead!  It is a damn hard choice though - they both have so many brilliant scenes.

I might have to dig them both our while I wait for my Pi and watch them back to back to see if time has swayed my mind.

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Re: Best Monty Python film?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:59 am

The Meaning of Life is better.

Better?

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Re: Best Monty Python film?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:36 pm

IMHO it has to be "The Life of Brian" for several reasons

1. It was banned by the Pope !

2. It's UK premier was in Lecture Theatre L3 University of Warwick to record the laughter for the American release, I used to be part of Warwick Film Soc.

3. Aberystwth Town Council banned it and the ban was only removed recently because the actress who played Judith became the Mayor.

4. Great quotes !

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