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MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY)

SYNOPSIS:
The historic last night of the Monty Python Live (mostly) show from London's The 02 concert arena, a chance to say farewell to the Pythons on this last and special night.

Andrew L. Urban:
It was always going to be a highly charged farewell to a gaggle of gagsters who have for so long crashed through gates of conservatism and good taste to bring us English eccentricity at its silliest, funniest and most irreverent. Indeed Reverends of the faith are mercilessly pilloried in their body of work and the Pythons continue to poke fun at Catholicism in this departing stab at some of the well known quirks of the belief system (like 'condoms are verboten').

Close to 15,000 fans in the 02 stadium (not the OZ stadium) responded cheerfully to every favourite song, gag and glance from the old team and its repertoire; it could in fact have been the OZ Stadium for one extended routine dedicated to their Aussie fans, complete with corked hats, foam beercans thrown into crowd, and name calling ... as in everyone was Bruce.

The specially built proscenium stage themed in cabaret red (which could have been a Luhrmann/Martin production) was augmented with one large central screen and a couple of side screens to allow the audiences close up looks, but also to deliver comic graphics, sketches and screen additions to the stage show's routines.

Close ups of the creased bald head of conductor John Du Prez gave us a sense of being there as he drove the orchestra through several pieces of what passes for show songs, starting it all off with "Isn't it Grand to Have a Penis" and its evolving lyrics that do not ignore the female gender.

Monty Python is at its best when it plies its trade in the thoroughfare of English absurdity and surrealism. This grand final show has some of that, but for me, not enough; too much padding, too much 'in' joking. But Monty Python at its second best is still funny and engaging.

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MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY) (M)
(UK, 2014)

CAST: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Carol Cleveland, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eddie Izzard, Mike Myers

PRODUCER: Not credited

DIRECTOR: Eric Idle (live show by Aubrey Powell)

SCRIPT: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Carol Cleveland, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Not credited

EDITOR: Not credited

MUSIC: Not credited

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Not credited

RUNNING TIME: 140 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Picturehouse Ent

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 6, 2014







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