Monty Python's 'Life of Brian'
5:45pm - Friday, Apr 7, 2023
Worship at the high, holy altar of comedy and look on the bright side of life with a prime time, Good Friday screening of Monty Python’s LIFE OF BRIAN.
Set in 33 A.D. Judea where the exasperated Romans try to impose order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe them. At it’s center is Brian Cohen, born in Bethlehem in a stable (next door to Jesus’ manger) who, by a series of absurd circumstances, is caught up in the new religion and reluctantly mistaken for the promised messiah. Enough hilarity ensues to provide ample opportunity for the entire Monty Python ensemble (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and haggling to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion (forever changing our biblical view!).
Friday, April 7
Doors 5:15 pm | Movie 5:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
LIFE OF BRIAN (Terry Jones, 1979 / 94 mins / PG) A brilliant parody from the British comedy group Monty Python about the history of the boy born right next door to Jesus’ birthplace (Brian). Brian Cohen is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he’s not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother, the hapless Brian has to contend with the pompous Pontius Pilate and acronym-obsessed members of a separatist movement. Rife with Monty Python’s signature absurdity, the tale finds Brian’s life paralleling Biblical lore, albeit with many more laughs.
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