Film Fridays is a project initiated by Darren from over at The Arty Plantsman and me.
After doing a daily music challenge for a month last year we talked about doing something similar for movies.
And the current global lockdowns give us the perfect excuse to start!
Many of us are confined to home with only the TV for company so we thought we would start ‘Film Fridays’ so that we can talk about our favourite movies and hopefully give our readers some ideas for things to watch.
We would be delighted if you would join us!
Just tag your post with #FilmFriday and do a pingback to either Darren’s or my posts so that we can can have a look at yours! You can also copy the “Film Friday” poster I came up with.
We don’t necessarily want to talk about the nerdy technical details but more about why these films speak to us as individuals, why they have a place in our hearts, and any personal memories they evoke.
So please join us each friday when we will each be talking about a different movie from our list of favourites!
Today’s film for Film Friday is one of my very, very favourites films: it’s hilarious, witty and so funny it was actually banned in Norway(!).
Monty Python’s Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin).
The film tells the story of Brian Cohen (played by Chapman), a young Jewish man who is born on the same day as—and next door to—Jesus Christ, and is subsequently mistaken for the Messiah.
The film’s themes of religious satire were controversial at the time of its release, drawing accusations of blasphemy, and protests from religious groups. Some countries, including Ireland and Norway, banned its showing, with a few of these bans lasting decades. The filmmakers used such notoriety to benefit their marketing campaign, with posters in Sweden reading, “So funny, it was banned in Norway!”.
Nevertheless it was a huge box office success and named the “greatest comedy film of all time” by several magazines and television networks.
But if it weren’t for Python fan and Beatle George Harrison, the film would not have been made at all! He set up HandMade Films to help fund it at a cost of £3 million. Harrison put up the money for it as he “wanted to see the movie”—later described by Terry Jones as the “world’s most expensive cinema ticket.”
There are several scenes that have me rolling on the floow…eh, floor with laughter, holding my belly and crying tears of hilarity, but especially the following scene makes me howl with laughter because all in all, that’s exactly how my latin lessons at school looked liked (okay, apart from the gladius (roman sword)).
Have a look:
And here a few lines and dialogues that are too funny to miss out on:
Mandy: Now, you listen here: ‘e’s not the Messiah, ‘e’s a very naughty boy! Now piss off!
[the members of “The People’s Front of Judea” are sitting in the amphitheatre; Stan has just announced that he wants to be a woman and wants to be called “Loretta,” and is explaining why]
- Stan: I want to have babies.
- Reg: You want to have babies?!?!
- Stan: It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.
- Reg: But … you can’t HAVE babies!
- Stan: Don’t you oppress me!
- Reg: I’m not oppressing you, Stan. You haven’t got a womb! Where’s the foetus gonna gestate? You gonna keep it in a box?
- Reg: All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
- PFJ Member: Brought peace?
- Reg: Oh, peace? SHUT UP!
- Nisus Wettus: Crucifixion?
- Mr. Cheeky: Ah, no. Freedom.
- Nisus Wettus: What?
- Mr. Cheeky: Eh, freedom for me. They said I hadn’t done anything, so I can go free and live on an island somewhere.
- Nisus Wettus: Oh, oh that´s jolly good well. Off you go then.
- Mr. Cheeky: No, I’m only pulling your leg, it’s crucifixion really!
- Nisus Wettus: [laughing] Oh, I see, very good. Well…
- Mr. Cheeky: Yes I know, out the door, one cross each, line on the left.
And then of course, there’s the famous last sequence, the crucifixion of Brian (and a few others) and probably one of the best songs in the world:
Have you ever seen this film? Did you like it? Let me know all about it in your comments! 😀
Happy weekend everyone! And don’t forget: “Always look on the bright side of life…”