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I, too, saw this prelude to "The Life Of Brian". I was
completely taken in by its stereotypical, travelogue start and slowly
consumed by its decay into convulsively funny chaos.
If anyone can discover who currently owns the copyright, we may have a chance of finding a source so we can enjoy it again. I wish us all well in this search for this holy grail.
As 'Away From It All' starts, we think we are going to be watching an
ordinary travelogue - only the fact that John Cleese is doing the
voice-over gives us pause and the thought that this might be something
other than 'welcome to Rome ...'.
Slowly we hear sarcasm moving in, then complete and utter anarchy, hysteria, and finally ...
Wonderful stuff which has been rarely seen since it accompanied 'Life of Brian' in cinema screenings. Although it currently languishes in copyright hell, which means a DVD release as a special feature would be unlikely, it is now easily available online.
Do watch it if you are in any way a Cleese or Python fan.
I looked everywhere for this.
Took a couple of years to find.
Took another search today Finally found it! Google Video has the travelogue.
Search 'Travelogue Away from it all' and you should find it recommended by parents of all people.
Found it to be very funny indeed. If you love Monty Python you'll no doubt love this. As mentioned by someone else, this would have been classic to see in the cinema. Heres hoping it makes an appearance one day on DVD
I will never forget watching this super little film playing with Monty Python's Life of Brian at a packed screening at Shefield's ABC cinema (how sad this massive old cinema was demolished). This loving recreated travelogue with a brilliant twist was the perfect warm up for the python's finest hour and the memory of all those people crying with laughter has stayed with me. why it has not been added as an extra on a Life of Brian DVD i have no idea. It was shown along with a number of Terry Gilliam Christmas Card inspired cartoons involving cowboys chasing the three wise men. I really hate to say this but in those good old days you got value for money in British cinemas.
Dead-on parody of the appallingly deadly dull travelogue short films that invariably accompanied the main feature in UK cinemas. Starts off 100% convincingly with stock shots of exotic locations while the narrator waffles on about where in the World one can find peace and tranquility. About the time that the narrator notes "these happy, smiling, dancing peasants would quite happily attach electrodes to your genitalia" - the light dawns - Cleese is the narrator! The narration becomes increasingly desperate in the same manner as the Pythonized BBC idents that ended their TV show The final observation on gondolas brought the house down as I recall. Indeed, where can one find this brilliant short?
What started as a travelog accompanying "The Life Of Brian" turns out to be a hilarious spoof. Voice-over is by John Cleese. I've looked everywhere for a copy on tape or disc, but with no luck. If you know of the whereabouts of a copy please let me know.
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