A collection of skits that made the Python troup famous, performed live at the Hollywood Bowl. Included are the singing philosophers, lumberjacks, the pope, and a suspiciously-male looking seabird vendor.Written by
Murray Chapman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Unusual for a Monty Python production, there is very little crossdressing by the Pythons to play female parts. The only instances of this are John Cleese as Little Red Riding Hood in the archival footage (actually a dubbed version of one of the shows they filmed for German television) and Terry Jones as a mother/housewife in the "Church Police" sketch. See more »
In the German philosophers' soccer team there's Ludwig Wittgenstein, who is actually Austrian. See more »
Inevitably uneven, but in its best moments brilliant
I consider the Pythons to be one of the best comedy groups that ever appeared on the screen, perhaps even THE best (it's either them or the Marx Brothers). If you agree even partially, you should not miss "Live at the Hollywood Bowl". Irreverence and surrealism in abundance - as you would expect from the Python guys at their best. Sure, devoted fans have probably seen many of these sketches before, but that won't stop them from enjoying them again - it certainly didn't stop the live audience at the time. There are some slow spots and the picture quality is fairly poor (as the show was videotaped and then transferred to film), but how can you say anything bad about a film that has you crying from too much laughter at least twice? ("What? Only one Christ?") (***)
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