Wednesday, March 24, 2004

The Full Monty

From CNN:

Coming back soon to a theater near you — a controversial film about a Jewish guy from Nazareth who is worshiped as the Messiah and crucified by the Romans.

No, it’s not Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” It’s Monty Python’s “Life of Brian.”

Inspired by the runaway success — and public furor — over Gibson’s portrayal of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus, the creators behind the 1979 biblical satire about an anti-Roman activist who spends his life being mistaken for a prophet are planning a 25th anniversary re-release next month.

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“Life of Brian,” stirred an uproar all its own 25 years ago, with some Christians condemning the film as blasphemous. The film only got made when former Beatle George Harrison stepped in to finance the picture after EMI Films withdrew from the project, fearing that it was too controversial.

I can safely say that this is the only movie where I missed parts of it because I was laughing so hard. And of course it’s blasphemous. It’s a satire. That’s what satire is.

I can’t wait to see it again.