and the Holy
A classic of absurdist humor and the most popular Monty Python's film
Monty Python
Monty Python were a legendary six-person comic group from Great Britain. With their innovative, absurdist humor, the members of Monty Python are among the most influential comedians of all time. The group's impact on the comedy genre has been compared to The Beatles' influence on pop and rock music.
The group is largely known for the comedy TV show "Monty Python's Flying Circus," broadcast on the BBC in 1969-1974.
The authors
Terry Gilliam
John Cleese
Terry Jones
Graham Chapman
Eric Idle
Michael Palin
Monty Python
Monty Python
Monty Python
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" was released in 1974 and was the first feature film by the Monty Python team
Shooting on the brink of collapse
The process of filming itself was also not easy and was constantly in danger of being disrupted
Because of the effects of Chapman's alcoholism (King Arthur) and the creative differences between the two Terrys, Jones and Gilliam, who could not decide which of them was in charge on the set
According to Terry Gilliam, the Monty Python team approached rock stars such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin for help in financing the film as the studios refused to finance it
And the rock bands agreed, seeing it as a good way of "tax deduction," since at the time the income tax in Great Britain was as high as 90%. It was also said that Elton John had been involved in the financing
Funding From British rock and pop stars
Shooting on the brink of collapse
Film plot
The film consists of numerous sketches united by the myth of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
In the final shots, the attack on the French castle, which supposedly contains the Holy Grail, is stopped by the twentieth-century police, arresting Arthur and Lancelot
The film is set in medieval England in the year 932
Soon, God appears to them and orders Arthur to go in quest of the Holy Grail
In their quest for the Grail, the heroes encounter knights, a talking Ni, an animated killer rabbit, a stalking multi-eyed monster, and other adventures
The King faces such obstacles as the anarcho-syndicalist peasant commune, the Black Knight, who, even after losing arms and legs, refuses to admit defeat
Now let's figure out who is who
Now let's figure out who is who
One of the most famous and memorable scenes is the battle between King Arthur and the Black Knight
In some places this absurd battle is a parody of the medieval practice of pas d'armes.
The Padarmus was a type of jousting in which one knight blocked a bridge or city gate and challenged any other knight to pass through it. The black knight's actions fit this description, except that he is not guarding a bridge, but a boardwalk across a brook that Arthur could easily have crossed.
The dialogue in the scene deserves special attention. As Arthur goes out of his mind his lines go from medieval: "You're really brave, sir knight, but the victory is mine," to modern: "Listen, you stupid bastard, you have no left hand! The illusion of Graham Chapman stepping out of his role is extremely amusing
are just a scratch
stating that the severed hands
exaggerate the severity of his wounds,
the knight of the pythons is not inclined to
the severed head back into place, Black
the Green Knight, who set himself
King Arthur, cut off his head. As well as
knight to whom Sir Gawain is the nephew of
an obvious reference to the legend of the green
alternately chopping off limbs is
The image of the black knight to whom Arthur
Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch and Rabbit
The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch or Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch is a fictional weapon of great destructive power used by King Arthur to kill a rabbit cutthroat
In appearance, it resembles an orb. It is a parody of the various magical objects found in medieval knightly legends, which the righteous, saints, or even God himself gave to the positive hero to defeat evil, accompanied by a lengthy speech of pathos.
The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch with different variations of the name is found in many computer games, in Duke Nukem, Fallout, the Warhammer 40,000 codex, and others
The film has one of the most important tropes in the history of cult cinema - the rabbit, in this case the bloodthirsty killer rabbit
Throughout the film, the narrative is interspersed with animated inserts by Terry Gilliam himself
And the episode of escape from the monster is made entirely by animation
"And the monster would have eaten them. But then our cartoonist had a heart attack. He couldn't draw the monster anymore, and the knights were saved"
Terry Gillimam is the only non-British in the troupe, who rarely appears on screen and always in the role of grotesque freaks
He developed a visual style that is still unmistakable for any Monty Python-related phenomenon
For some reason, the strict censorship of the BBC closed their eyes to animation, so Gilliam fit into these cartoon inserts all the nudity, anal-genital gags, grotesque violence and other trash, which even for the basic sketches "Monty Python" was too harsh
Terry Gilliam's animation
The moving collages of Gilliam's own drawings, clippings from old magazines, Victorian engravings, etc. that marked the spaces between sketches were more than audacious at a time when there was a protracted position war for every word "poo" on the air.
One notable fact is the story of Gilliam's creation of the image of God
This is William Gilbert Grace, one of the most famous players in the history of cricket and the prototype character of God
And this is the story of his transformation
Why is it a classic of world humor?
There is a side documentary line in the film: an unnamed "famous historian" tries to say something on camera, a little later he is killed by one of the knights. Then modern Scottish policemen begin to investigate the murder of an "unnamed historian" in medieval England
Fans of the cult film love the movie precisely because it is both clever and silly at the same time. Often the jokes are so flat and absurd that they cannot help but laugh. This is not surprising: what Monty Python did in the 1970s became the silliest smart humor and with it the silliest stupid humor ever
Holy Grail is never mean-spirited, but it reminds its audience never to take anything too seriously
The members of Monty Python were among the first to laugh at the "institution of experts" commenting on one thing or another
Why is it
a classic of world humor?
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