The Life Of Brian (1979)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom, 1979.  HandMade Films, Python (Monty) Pictures.  Screenplay by , , , , Terry Jones, .Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by Terry Gilliam.  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Podcast:  My Criterions.  

Monty Python’s best film is this delightfully irreverent poke at religious obsession and, in particular, the bloated Bible movies that audiences have always found so irresistible. Considered controversial at the time of its release for insulting religion (which it doesn’t do, and only includes Jesus Christ peripherally), it features Python cast member  as the hapless Brian, a young man born on the same day as the Saviour in a nearby manger who grows up to be mistaken for the Messiah on more than one occasion. Endless jokes that include some very witty banter, this time without the choppy pace of The Holy Grail and some very lovely cinematography of Tunisian locations, plus it’s topped off by ‘s performing “The Bright Side Of Life” atop a crucifix.

The Criterion Collection:  #61

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