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A Monty Python film.

Set in Judea about the same time as Christ was knocking about, its about a normal bloke who gets mistaken for the messiah. The film is a searing indictment of organized religion and the way it perverts and twists the fundamental message. It also lampoons peoples willingness to blindly have faith in things simply to avoid having to think for themselves.

No film has caused such violently opposed opinions as Life of Brian. On one side it is the most loved comedy film ever - it inevitably comes top, by a wide margin, on every poll run on the subject. However conversely the organized Christian/Jewish religions hate it with a passion as it mocks their little power structures and hierarchies.

The film was banned by councils in many towns in the UK and banned for 8 years in Ireland. In New York screenings were picketed by both rabbis and nuns! Mary Whitehouse called it blasphemous. Even a book (Monty Python: The Case Against) was written 'debunking' the basic premise of Brian's mistaken identity - GOD's chosen minions wouldn't have gone to the wrong stable as he's infallible! Many of the people who protest against the film have never seen it.

Not long after the film was released, Pythons John Cleese and Michael Palin debated the film on BBC2 discussion programme Friday Night, Saturday Morning. Malcolm Muggeridge and Mervyn Stockwood, the Bishop of Southwark stood against the movie. Bizarrely both Pythons attempted to make serious, well-researched points and came over extremely sensible while the establishment figures could do little more but fire off cheap insults and looked like fanatics. This led to a Not The Nine O'Clock News skit about a Bishop making a film lampooning the Life of John Cleese.

ps: Brian was indeed a very naughty boy.

External Resources:

Nicely written summary of Proust ... err ... Life of Brian and the controversy can be found on the other wiki here

Brian.Net wanks as high as any in Wome.

IMDB entry

Film revue site Rotten Tomatoes rated this movie 98% fresh