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Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (1971)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy  |  6 October 1973 (UK)
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Woman with Umbrella / First Frenchman / Famous Berlin Specialist / Vampire / Nurse in The Merchant of Venice / A Humble Woodcutter / Rapist / Martin Anthill / Lunais / Mrs.Mund / Undertaker / Mountie Chorus / Golden Post Customer / Attendant
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Professor / Fourth Frenchman / Little Red Riding Hood / Pirelli / Stake Your Claim Presenter / Mountie Chorus / Golden Post Head Waiter / Attendant
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Torch Runner / Farmer with dog / Shakespearean Expert / Woodcutter's Wife / Rapist / Abe Seagull / Sven Bordlander / Lunais' Mother / Albrecht Dürer / Golden Post Waiter
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Albrecht Dürer Singer / First Frenchman / Hitchhiker / Heinz the Stuttgart Rapist / Man with Fez / Kwame M'Boko / Pirelli's Mother / Mr.Hase / Undertaker / Mountie Chorus / Ceremonial Menu Waiter / Nobleman
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Third Bruce / Second Frenchman / Rapist / Ian McKellan / Herr Schultz / Undertaker / Lumberjack / Golden Post Waiter / Chairman
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Various roles (as Conny Booth)
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In addition to recreating classic sketches ("The Lumberjack Song" for one), several new sketches were written specifically for this show, such as "Little Red Riding Hood", "William Tell" and a herd of cows doing "Merchant of Venice". See more »

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Second rate Python in German is better than nothing!
9 January 2005 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

BBC America offered the 1st German production for free as part of my local cable company's digital on-demand service so I finally saw it.

It was definitely a surprise to the entire group doing really well with their German. Graham Chapman even attempted to imitate an American tourist speaking German poorly. However, quite a bit of the narration was provided by a professional German announcer.

At first the whole 45 minute effort seemed off and I thought that it was probably since comedy is 90% timing and if you are not comfortable speaking then your timing will likely be off. Later I thought that the material was repetitive from the British show (in tone not content) but that was because the Python crew knew that the German audiences were probably not familiar with their work. As the show progressed and we get an unusual amount of "toilet" humor, I thought that possibly they were using rejected / censored material from their British show. Then I noticed that the whole production was on film instead of the film/ live studio mix of the British show. That's when I realized why I didn't fully enjoy this production.

Compare the troupe's skits from the TV show (most of which were performed in front of live audiences) with the same skits in the film "And For Something Completely Different". The energy and timing, the use of multiple TV cameras versus one film camera and the input from the audience all combined to improve their work. Imagine if they had done the Bavarian restaurant sketch on their regular show, it would have been funny as opposed to amusing.

I can watch some of the TV episodes over and over, this German one... once is enough.


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