Thu 18 April 6:15pm
Director: Terry Jones
Cast: Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese
Returning to cinemas for its 40th anniversary, Life Of Brian is Monty Python’s achingly funny take on religious belief in general, Roman history, and the muddled and uncertain origins of what really is ‘gospel truth’ — all wrapped up in a parody of bloated Biblical epics.
Highly controversial upon its original release and banned in several countries, the film is now frequently ranked as the greatest comedy feature of all time by magazines and media outlets around the world. As Monty Python member Terry Gilliam says, “It rips bare and makes you laugh at the world we’ve created for ourselves.”
The story follows poor Brian Cohen (Chapman), a Jewish anti-Roman activist mistaken for the Messiah through a series of unfortunate coincidences (he was, for example, born in the manger next door to that more famous stable) and near-constant misunderstandings and exaggerations by his growing band of clueless followers – all of which provide ample opportunity for the entire Monty Python ensemble to question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling, to revolutionaries, fanatics, Roman centurions and crucifixion.