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Monty Python's Life of Brian

Life of Brian (1979)

Director: Terry Jones
Writers: Monty Python troupe
Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
Genre: Historical Spoof Comedy
Length: 94 minutes

Brian of Nazareth is born on the same day as Jesus. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. Through accident he joins a political resistances movement to drive the Romans out of Judea. When he bumbles that, he ends up gathering a religious following.

If you love ancient history...and who doesn't?...Life of Brian nails it
! The Monty Python comedy troupe travels back in time to intelligently spoof the life of a mistaken messiah, Brian.

One of the highlights of the film is the amazing on location sets. Most of the exteriors were shot in Tunisia. The gladiator fight scene was shot in the ancient ruins of the Amphitheater in Carthage...how cool is that! It looks great in the movie, but this photo doesn't do the scene justice.

And the 'fortress' photo at very top is the ancient Ribat Monastir in Tunisia built around the Byzantine era. Other desert scenes were filmed out in the sun drenched lands of Tunisia.

The film looks great with all these historical sites. But it's the cutting edge satire that takes a critical look at a contemporary of Jesus, a man named Brian. Brian's not to bright and has a knack of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I thought it was clever how they combined actual history from occupied Judea, along with Biblical narrative to tell the tale of Brian.

During the Life of Brian I laughed out loud, which is also a good thing. The film is funny-witty, not funny slap stick, though the Monty Python troupe can be quite silly in a fun way.

Some people have the mistaken idea that this film mocks Jesus, it doesn't. It's respectful of the subject matter while being darn funny. This is my favorite of all the Monty Python movies.