“I would just like to point out that this film is displaying a distinct tendency to become SILLY.”
The Monty Python comedy troupe — Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Carol Cleveland, and Connie Booth — reenact the most popular skits from their Flying Circus television show.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Episodic Films
- Monty Python Films
Monty Python’s first feature length film is essentially a compilation of reenacted skits from their popular BBC television show “Monty Python and the Flying Circus”; in this sense, its title was a misnomer for Brits of the day, but not for American audiences, most of whom were witnessing Python’s inimitable sense of wacky humor for the first time. Your enjoyment of And Now For Something Completely Different will inevitably ride upon how well you “get” the group’s particular brand of comedy — yet despite how often you actually find yourself laughing out loud, there’s no denying that the film is, indeed, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Terry Gilliam’s unusual animation style provides a surreal set of transitions between the skits, which in themselves are often beyond belief, skewering (nay, butchering) every social convention and P.C. hot button imaginable. Listed below are a few of my own favorite “redeeming moments” in the film, but each fan is likely to come up with her or her own. While certainly not for all tastes, this cult movie should be seen at least once by every film fanatic.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- The “Hungarian phrasebook” sketch
- The initial “public service” skit: “How Not to Be Seen”
- The “dead parrot” skit
- The “I’m a Lumberjack and I’m Okay” song
- The “Upper Class Twit of the Year” sketch
- Countless classic lines, spouted ad infinitum by Python fans: “Nudge, nudge, say no more, know what I mean?”
- Terry Gilliam’s surreal inter-skit animation
Yes, for its status as a cult favorite.