A collection of re-filmed sketches from the first and second seasons of the cult television comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). Includes such classics as "Nudge, Nudge", "Hell's Grannies", "Killer Cars", "Dead Parrot", "Lumberjack Song", "Blackmail", and "Upper Class Twit of the Year".Written by
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The characters that Monty Python played in this movie were described as being "demonic, disturbing, devious, delightful, and just plain daffy" in the movie's press kit. See more »
In "Upper Class Twit of the Year," during the introductions the AUDIO calls two of them "old Etonians," but the subtitle reads "old Italians." See more »
In this picture, there are forty-seven people. None of them can be seen. In this film, we hope to show you how not to be seen. This is Mr E.R. Bradshaw of Napier Court, Black Lion Road, London, SE14. He cannot be seen. Now I'm going to ask him to stand up. Mr Bradshaw, will you stand up, please?
[Mr Bradshaw stands up and is shot]
This demonstrates the value of not being seen.
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After the opening theme song, a "THE END" screen comes up, and stage manager Terry Jones apologises for the brevity of the film. See more »
This film really didn't need to be made - but at the time, after two excellent TV series, the Pythons were under pressure to produce a big-screen version for wider distribution.
Thus a number of sketches from the first two series were rewritten, tightened up, and re-enacted, entirely on film. The actual new material is probably around 2% of the script, and I hold the view that many of the sketches were inferior to their TV versions, and much of the better series 1 and 2 stuff (Spanish Inquisition, Silly Walks etc.) didn't even make it to ANFSCD for some reason.
It's interesting to watch the differences in production and compare this material to how it was originally done, and the new devices for linking one sketch to the next keep you on your toes.
But ultimately if you want to watch early python sketches, the TV versions are more rewarding.
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