Brian: “Look, you’ve got it all wrong. You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody. You’ve got to think for yourselves. You’re all individuals”
Huge crowd (in unison): “Yes, we’re all individuals!”
Brian: “You’re all different.”
Huge crowd (in unison): “Yes, we are all different!”
Lone voice: “I’m not.”
Monty Python’s life Of Brian still provokes controversy, 30 years after it was released.
Some refuse to see it as anything other than a sacrilegious indictment of Christianity and a blasphemous personal attack on Jesus himself.
In fact, it is at heart an extremely intelligent, thoughtful and scathing satire on the dangers of fanaticism, exploring the effects of blinkered acceptance of doctrine without question or debate.
Along with, y’know, jokes about Romans who have rude names and speech impediments.
You can find a more in-depth article about Life Of Brian in this post by the Choob.
The difficulty with trying to choose a classic scene is that there are so many to choose from in this movie. So here are a few of my own favourites.
First, the scene that cuts to the very heart of the film’s satire:
Next, what have the Romans ever done for us?
Brian realises that standing at the back of the crowd listening to the sermon on the mount was a bad idea (unless you are a cheesemaker, or, indeed, any manufacurer of dairy products):
And finally, for now, Romans with unfortunate names and speech impediments: