After slaying the Arthurian legend in their now classic Holy Grail, the Pythons set their sights on the Greatest Story Ever Told. Blind faith, virgin birth, crucifixion—nothing is sacred in this epic send-up of ancient times, which draws on the cornball biblical blockbusters of the 1950s to lampoon celebrity culture in any era. Criterion has gathered the guilty parties—including John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin—for two commentary tracks as provocative and hilarious as the film itself. —The Criterion Collection
Unlike many of his fellow Monty Python-ites, who were educated at Cambridge, actor/writer/director Terry Jones attended Cambridge’s arch-rival Oxford, where he worked with the Experimental Theatre Club. Upon his graduation, Jones was hired as a BBC staff writer. From 1969 to 1972, he was one of the comedy conspirators on the internationally popular Monty Python’s Flying Circus, remaining with the Python crowd through several theatrical films, serving as director on Monty Python’s the Life of Brian (1979) and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983). On his own, he wrote and performed in the TV series Secrets, Ripping Yarns and So This is Progress. Terry Jones’ non-Python film directorial efforts include Personal Services (1987) and Erik the Viking (1989, based on his own 1984 novel); he also wrote the screenplay for Labyrinth (1986) and adapted his stage play Consuming Passions for the screen in 1988. —allmovie guide
This is the funniest film ever made. Nothing can top it. Hilarious and ingenious. I could quote it for days and days!
A fantastically witty and funny film, as entertaining as it is efficient in deconstructing the idiotic and moronic principles that are the basis of modern Abrahamic religions. A masterpiece of film making and satire.
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My first film with the entire crew from Monty Python (their third feature-length film), whilst I count out Terry Gilliam’s TIME BANDITS (1981, a 7/10), which is sort of a post-break-up solo activity… read review