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07.03. - 19:00,
Euro Cinema

08.03. - 18:30,
Lumiere

21.03. - 16:30,
Cinema House

Director:  Terry Jones
Cinematography:  Peter Biziou
Producer:  John Goldstone
Music:  Geoffrey Burgon
Screenplay:  Monty Python
Cast:  Graham Chapman , Terry Jones , Michael Palin , John Cleese , Eric Idle , Terry Gilliam , Carol Cleveland , Neil Innes , George Harrison
Production:  Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd./Handmade Films Ltd.
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Monty Python's Life of Brian
Monty Python's Life of Brian
Monty Python's Life of Brian
United Kingdom , 1979, 93 min, color

There is not a single joke, sight-gag or one-liner in Monty Python's Life of Brian that will not forever burn itself into the viewer's memory as being just as funny as it is possible to be, but--extraordinarily--almost every indestructibly hilarious scene also serves a dual purpose, making this one of the most consistently sustained film satires ever made. Like all great satire, the Pythons not only attack and vilify their targets (the bigotry and hypocrisy of organised religion and politics) supremely well, they also propose an alternative: be an individual, think for yourself, don't be led by others. "You've all got to work it out for yourselves", cries Brian in a key moment. "Yes, we've all got to work it our for ourselves", the crowd reply en masse. Aside from being a neat spoof on the Hollywood epic, it's also almost incidentally one of the most realistic on-screen depictions of the ancient world--instead of treating their characters as posturing historical stereotypes, the Pythons realized what no sword 'n' sandal epic ever has: that people are all the same, no matter what period of history they live in. In the end, Life of Brian teaches us that the only way for a despairing individual to cope in a world of idiocy and hypocrisy is to always look on the bright side of life.

Terry Jones
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