Posted : 1 year, 2 months ago on 7 March 2012 09:08
This is, for me, the best film of the British comedy group Monty Python. More basting that "Knights of the Square Table" and less pretentious than "The Meaning of Life", the various sketches, here, have greater coherence and substance criticism. Even the production design is more elaborate, with the soundtrack and songs. The script, the best, no doubt, interpretations, satire oozes everywhere.
"Life of Brian" criticizes the urgent need for the human being to believe in a savior, someone who represents divine rules that give explanation to the succession of events, critical human faith, the principle of transcendence ... "Why is your God will be more absurd than mine?"
Here the criticism and ridicule is far more radical against the political class and against the man as an individual, giving us the opportunity to laugh at ourselves, and in this aspect, where "Life of Brian" is enlarged to become a unique comedy.
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Posted : 2 years, 2 months ago on 8 March 2011 07:37
The Monty Python satirized not only "fixed truths" and their effect on the microcosm of one man. If it is "absurd" a coup the democratic rule of your bonus at the end as long as it is absurd and assumes that to say with confidence 'hello' or talking to someone "serious". Thus, individual crazy jokes that contains a film such as The life of Brian (the most mature work) incorporated the main operating satire on the bigotry and social structures of the era of Christ in Palestine and all along they relate to today. The centurion's stuttering is a sign of meritocracy, left gkroupouskoula (no comment needed!) Denied the benefits of the Roman occupation (social work) because they want independence as they wanted and Indians in the English, the course of grammar and syntax Roman patrol indicates that power is consolidated through the introduction of the dominant culture, various "opadolagnoi" which runs after by "prophets" like new age, aliens are "poetic license" of Hollywood spectacle and myth as the old myths, the mother of Brian and The men disguised in women who are stoned matriarchy (behind patriarchy) in the Third World, the group suicide of the Japanese while it is "autonomous" satire, but stands as a dramatic contrast to the "greatness of Sacrifice on the Cross.
What goes through more indirect and perhaps the most critical point of the film. It shows that the Prophet lust and messianism was part of everyday culture of that time, echoes of syncretism (the word "Crete") which dominated the Hellenistic period, to be metaphysical fashions. Serious scholars, intellectuals, political cunning, peddlers charlatans, schizophrenia, igemoniskoi and kings, took a couple of items from previous religions, denominations and dogma, ceremonies, etc. and every now foisted a new trend. The scenes in the bazaar talk about it "between the lines." There, underground, lies and "disrespect" of the film ... as to the relevance of Christianity, viz.
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Posted : 5 years ago on 12 May 2008 05:18
"He's not the Messiah. He's a very naughty boy!"
After the Monty Python troupe bathed in the massive success of their hilarious low-budget picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the team soon regrouped to produce another silly, incredibly hilarious comedy. Life of Brian is a brilliant sacrilegious production that combines irreverent humour as well as political and religious satire. The results are as outstanding and hilarious as they were when first released about 30 years ago.
Logically enough, Life of Brian is a film about a boy named Brian Cohen (Chapman). Brian is born in a stable on the original Christmas right next to the stable where Jesus is born. As a result the three wise men mistake Brian for the Son of God and present his bewildered mother with gifts...soon rectifying their mistake. We then jump forward a number of decades to "Judea, AD 33, Saturday afternoon...about tea time" when Brian is a fully grown man. Brian's mother had raised him to believe that his father was a certain Mr. Cohen, but one day Brian discovers that his father was a Roman centurion named Naughtius Maximus (joke name, of course). Brian, fuelled by his hatred for the Romans and refusing to believe he is one, is horrified and decides to join a rebel group called the People's Front of Judea (not to be mistaken for the Judean People's Front). After joining this rebel group a very amusing string of events begin to unfold. This includes being captured by the Romans, being mistaken for the Messiah and even being assigned for crucifixion.
Life of Brian is a film I truly adore! Being a big fan of Monty Python for numerous years I always find their style of humour to my liking. This film suffered criticism for its sometimes offensive views on religion. If you are one of those people and take the Python's views on religion seriously then I think you have a problem. Maybe you should go watch some religious propaganda and feel a lot better about the content in that. The film was even banned in certain parts of the world. Can't priests and heavily religious people just accept a good laugh?!?
I loved the performances from everyone in the cast. Even though the six members of the Python team play several roles, they are determined and give it 100%. They all have their moments of utter hilarity...even if it means a bunch of nudity. (Yes, Graham Chapman, I am looking at you. R.I.P.) The filmmakers cover all the basics...from Caesar with a speech impediment to Jesus delivering a sermon atop a mountain to a crowd who seem to be more concerned with insults concerning noses.
The six Monty Python members can certainly write a good script while in each other's company. In this film there's creativity and original humour all over the place. The film was shot in the beautiful location of Tunisia. The production values are quite good for a low-budget comedy (we can excuse a few minor technical faults for the sake of entertainment).
Life of Brian could be the best Monty Python movie in existence. This and Holy Grail are both downright hilarious and entertaining. Highly recommended! Interesting trivia fact: the film was financed by George Harrison of The Beatles.
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