A Conversation for 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' - the Film

My Favourite Scene

Post 1

Smij - Formerly Jimster


Brian: "You are all individuals!"

Crowd: "WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS!"

Lone voice at the back: "...I'm not..."


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My Favourite Scene

Post 2

Danny B

John Cleese's favourite scene as well... you're in good company smiley - smiley


My Favourite Scene

Post 3

Smij - Formerly Jimster

Just got to say, Danny - excellent project! I was really pleased to see the reference to the German show cos I thought that might be missed out. I showed that to a couple of Austrians a few years ago and all of us were laughing as heartily as each other, showing that this, at least, crosses language barriers like no other comedy. Love the change in the Lumberjack song from "Just like my dear papa" to "just like my Uncle Walter..."

Anyway, congrats!

Jimster


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Post 4

Danny B

smiley - blush

You're too kind! smiley - cheers

I only managed to see the first German show (ie. the one in German, with English subtitles) recently, and thought it was easily on a par with the best of the original shows. The second German show wasn't quite as good, but still has some classic material smiley - smiley


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Post 5

Cogs

I've never actually seen Brian, or any Python except the dead parrot sketch but I have heard it quoted all my life by my Dad and his friends. Their favourite bits of Brian include "What have the Romans ever done for us?", and "Stone him! He said the name Jehovah! ooops!"

Great entry, thanks! I have a friend who has offered to lend me The Holy Grail, so I will soon be in on the jokes too. Long live Python!!smiley - biggrin


My Favourite Scene

Post 6

AgProv2

The one where the two Palestinian freedom groups squabble over who has the right to kidnap Pilate's wife and end up slaughtering each other...

I heard a possibly apochryphal tale of the night an isolated British Army post in South Armagh ended up being simultaneously attacked by the IRA and INLA... both terrorist groups decided the REAL enemy was not the bloody Brits but those splitting b******s in the INLA/IRA, and set about each other with a will, which meant that in the morning, the British Army (who had just kept their heads down and let them get on with it) collected the bodies and claimed eight enemy dead without firing a single shot...

you can see some of the stunned disbelief in the faces of the two Roman soldiers who look at each other, shrug and shake their heads... I bet those British squaddies looked EXACTLY the same way at each other!


My Favourite Scene

Post 7

AgProv2

There's a northern Irish context to another scene... the famous "People called Romans they go the house? What's that meant to mean, then?" where the Centurion painstakingly corrects Brian's atrocious Latin.

Anyone who served in a Welsh regiment in N.I. might recall episodes of Republicans trying to win hearts and minds with half-understood Welsh Nationalist propaganda slogans. You might, for instance, leave the barracks to discover somebody had scrawled "CMYRU RYDD", or something else that was inevitably mis-spelled, on a wall just where you could see it.

Well-founded tales in the barracks had it that an RWF senior sergeant from a Welsh-speaking area, whose patrol actually copped a couple of local youths painting slogans on the wall, and forcibly corrected their Welsh spelling and grammar much as the Centurion does to Brian in the movie. Wonder if the Pythons had heard of that...


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