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The Monday Movie: Monty Python’s Life Of Brian


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 and The Holy Grail and Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life have both already appeared in this feature, so it’s only right that they are joined by the team’s masterpiece.

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:

 

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Slumdog In Seven-th Heaven At The BAFTAs


After all the backs had been slapped and the endless emotional thank-yous delivered, the big winner at the Orange British Academy Film Awards last night was Slumdog Millionaire.

The acclaimed film picked up the coveted Best Film BAFTA and Danny Boyle scooped the Director’s award. It also took home the gongs for Adapted Screenplay, Music, Editing, Cinematography, Sound.

However, the Slumdog cast missed out on BAFTA glory, with Kate Winslet, who was nominated twice in the Leading Actress category, winning for her role in The Reader (at the expense of her performance in Revolutionary Road), while comeback king Mickey Rourke lifted the Leading Actor award for The Wrestler.

Rourke provided the acceptance speech highlight of the night when he thanked the film’s director Darren Aronofsky for giving him a second chance despite having “fucked up my career for 15 years. Such a pleasure to be here and be out of the darkness.”

Penelope Cruz was the Supporting Actress winner, for her role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and the late Heath Ledger picked up another posthumous award for his supporting turn as The Joker in The Dark Knight.

One little fly in the ointment for the Slumdog posse was their failure to win the Outstanding British Film award. In the one big surprise of the night, that award went to Man On Wire, a documentary about Frenchman Philippe Petite‘s 1974 tightrope walk between New York’s Twin Towers.

The closest anyone came to muscling in on Slumdog’s limelight was director David Fincher‘s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt, which received three awards for its Production Design, Special Visual Effects and Makeup & Hair.

The full list of awards if as follows:

  • Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Outstanding British Film: Man On Wire
  • Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Leading Actor: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
  • Leading Actress:
    Kate Winslet,
    The Reader
  • Supporting Actor:
    Heath Ledger,
    The Dark Knight
  • Supporting Actress:
    Penélope Cruz,
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Original Screenplay:
    Martin McDonagh,
    In Bruges
  • Adapted Screenplay:
    Slumdog Millionaire
  • Animated Film: Wall-E
  • Film Not in the English Language:
    I’ve Loved You So Long
    (France)
  • Music: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Production Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Costume Design: The Duchess
  • Sound: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Special Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Makeup & Hair: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Short Animation: Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
  • Short Film: September
  • The Carl Foreman Award (special achievement for first feature film): Steve McQueen, writer/director, Hunger
  • The Orange Rising Star Award (voted for by public):
    Noel Clarke
  • Academy Fellowship: Terry Gilliam
  • Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema:
    Pinewood Studios/Shepperton Studios

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