Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I Guess It's Time for Me to Finally Watch the Monty Python Series
You know, Monty Python and the Holy Grail was another one of those "absolutely hilarious" movies that I kinda figured I could live my whole life without watching. But alas, it's 2015 and the Tribeca Film Festival has decided to celebrate the film's 40th anniversary with a special screening of the film and the world premiere of the documentary Monty Python - The Meaning of Live directed by Roger Graef and James Rogan. More on that after the jump:
This feature-length documentary offers unprecedented access to the preparations and staging of the Pythons’ 2014 reunion shows at The O2 in London and gives a fascinating insight into the personalities, relationships, and circumstances that made the Pythons into a global phenomenon.
Included in this celebration, TFF will also screen two other films in the franchise: Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, and feature special appearances and Q&As with the five surviving members of the comedy group (John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin).
So, now there won't be any way to avoid it. Because I do plan to attend Tribeca this year, and if you're also checking it out as well, know that Monty Python and the Holy Grail is scheduled to screen on Friday April 24 at The Beacon Theatre, and you can get tickets for that here beginning March 23. Monty Python - The Meaning of Live will premiere on Saturday, April 25, Monty Python’s Life of Brian will screen on April 25, and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life on April 26.
More each film below:
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones (UK) – Special Screening. Monty Python re-creates England of 932 A.D in their first film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. When King Arthur enlists Knights to join his Round Table, they are inspired by God to go on a quest for the Holy Grail that is constantly interrupted by all manner of challenges.
Monty Python - The Meaning of Live, directed by Roger Graef and James Rogan (UK) – International Premiere, documentary. While perhaps best known for its eminently quotable films, Monty Python has performed its signature, surreal humor in live shows since the group’s earliest days. Dive into the history of Monty Python’s on stage and the genesis of some of its most well-known pieces as they prepare for their last-ever live shows at The O2, London in July 2014. Monty Python - the Meaning of Live is a hilarious and illuminating survey of what is takes to bring Monty Python to the stage.
Monty Python’s Life of Brian, directed by Terry Jones (UK) – Special Screening. Monty Python delivers an anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with their second film. Brian Cohen, born in Bethlehem in the stable next door, by a series of absurd circumstances is caught up in the new religion and reluctantly mistaken for the promised messiah.
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, directed by Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam (UK) – Special Screening. Monty Python examines birth, life, death and fish in their third, final, and probably most tasteless yet funniest feature film that finally reveals The Meaning of Life.
The Tribeca Film Festival will be held in New York City April 15-26.