“Monty Python’s Life Of Brian” Back In Theatres To Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Monty Python’s Life of Brian is returning to select cinemas around the world on April 18 to celebrate its 40th anniversary. One of the greatest comedies of all time, described as a “stylistically eclectic comic masterpiece” by Empire Magazine, will once again have audiences roaring with laughter this Easter.

Monty Python's Life of Brian, Film, Terry Gilliam

The Monty Python comedy troupe are responsible for at least two comedy masterpieces (and possibly three if you include the Meaning of Life). Always willing to take a risk leading to, in regards to Life of Brian, the film being banned in a number of countries, the much celebrated team of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman remain one of comedy’s great pioneers, managing to successfully win the hearts of audiences in both the UK, USA and elsewhere.

Now frequently ranked as the greatest comedy feature of all time, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, it origins beginning on British TV, delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood’s depiction of all things biblical.

“It’s another coming of Brian, and we are here to fill the world with laughter,” the Pythons have said on the upcoming anniversary celebrations. “The Life Of Brian may have been set 2000 years ago, but it’s a mirror of what’s going on today. Except that it’s funny. It’s one of the most prescient films for today’s society – from “We are all individuals” to Stan wanting to become a woman.”

Life of Brian poster

Award-winning global event distributor, Trafalgar Releasing will bring the film back to UK theatres on April 18 with those attending the screenings receiving a commemorative goodie bag which includes an exclusive poster, song lyrics, stickers and more. This is the third time Trafalgar Releasing will have worked with the Monty Python team following the theatrical simulcast of their 2014 Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go reunion show, which saw a phenomenal worldwide success of over 330,000 admissions.

“It’s a great privilege to be working with the Monty Python team again and to bring the 40th anniversary celebrations of this seminal comedy classic to cinemas around the world,” said Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing. “The film continues to feel fresh, relevant and hilarious after four decades.”

Set in 33 A.D. Judea, where exasperated Romans are trying to impose some order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe in them. “Only a select few of [Monty Python’s] truest fans will appreciate the message they convey in a movie that actively mocks the concept of organised religion while making us laugh along with them,” says Felix Vasquez Jr. of Cinema Crazed.

Indeed, as at its centre is Brian Cohen, a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire Monty Python ensemble to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling, to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion.

For more information, check out WeWantBrian.com.

Amilia Totten
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