Life of Brian (1979)

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Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

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16 December 2013 | gogoschka-1
10
| One of the most intelligent comedies ever made
Personally, I believe this to be one of the most intelligent comedies ever made. It might not appear that way at first because the film does have its share of simple slapstick and "naughty" moments, but generally, the topics the Pythons tackle here are very serious - albeit dealt with in a way that makes this a true contender for the funniest film of all time.

A firework of hilarious sketches, timeless quotes and clever comments on the human condition, this film was deemed too dangerous for the masses and therefore, until recently, banned in several countries (normally, this only used to happen to the so called "Video Nasties").

This film never once makes fun of Jesus (Christ) - but it DOES take the mickey out of blind, fanatic followers of any political movement or religion.

An outstanding achievement and endlessly re-watchable.

My vote: 10 out of 10

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Trivia

During the Venice Film Festival, the UAAR (Italian Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics) assigns the Premio Brian (Brian Award) to the most rationalist/atheist movie presented to the Festival. The name of the award is dedicated to this movie.


Quotes

Wise Man #1: Ahem!
Brian's mother: Oh!
Brian's mother: Who are you?
Wise Man #2: We are three wise men.
Brian's mother: What?
Wise Man #1: We are three wise men.
Brian's mother: Well, what are you doing creeping around a cow shed at two o'clock in the morning? That doesn't sound very wise to me.


Goofs

When John Cleese starts reading out the name of the person to be stoned, the shadow of a boom mic is visible on the wall behind him.


Crazy Credits

At the very end (after copyright) is still shown: If you have enjoyed this film, why not go and see "La Notte"?


Alternate Versions

The Criterion LD/DVD features the following deleted scenes:

  • A scene with three shepherds in the beginning of the film.
  • A scene featuring the Peoples Front of Judea breaking into Pilate's wife's bedroom, only to be defeated by her strength.
  • A scene introducing us and Brian to the suicide squad, led by King Otto (Idle).
  • A scene showing Judith releasing doves that fly out over Nazareth, and that are spotted by Otto and interpreted as "the sign that is the sign". He sends his troops into town.
  • A very brief scene showing Judith watching Brian carrying his cross through the streets, then she is attacked by a salesman who wants her to haggle. She leaves.


Soundtracks

Vision of Fear
(uncredited)
(played when Brian is taken to jail)
Written by Edward Michael
Published by De Wolfe Music Ltd.

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