Life of Brian

March 20th, 2008 DVD Reviews, Film, Xpress

According to popular wisdom and religious zealots the world over, Monty Python’s classic bible story is about ridiculing the Christian origin myth.

Those more in the know have always known Life of Brian is a parody of blind faith. But from a comic viewpoint, it’s about something else entirely. Eric idle explains during the commentary of the deleted scenes that it’s about the people nearby who completely miss historical events.

The deleted opening scene concerns three sheperds talking animatedly about how much they love sheep while the angel descends over the next hill to tell others of the birth of the Messiah. As Idle says ‘it’s about people doing the hoovering while history’s being made.’

It’s just one of the gems to be found on the Life of Brian double disc. Most of the interesting stuff can be found in the hour-long documentary, such as how Beatle George Harrison hocked everything to create Handmade Films to finance the Pythons after original backers EMI pulled out just days before shooting. Or how a traitor inside the camp sent the notorious 1970s self-appointed moral guardian Mary Whitehouse pages from the script to fire up the controversy.

The Right’s sustained battle with the film only served to cement its brilliance with more people, and if it’s been too long since you acquainted yourself with the satirical genius of Monty Python, this is the perfect DVD to rekindle it.


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