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The Monty Python's Life of Brian (of Nazareth): Screenplay [Paperback]

Graham Chapman , Michael Palin , John Cleese , Terry Jones , Terry Gilliam , Eric Idle
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19 April 2001 Monty Python
The script of Monty Python's "The Life of Brian", together with the story of the making of that film.
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd (19 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413741303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413741301
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Brian and the Missing Scene 13 Feb 2008
The Life of Brian's popularity as one of the best known and loved comedy films is often overshadowed by the controversy it sparked even before it went into production. EMI famously pulled out of the project after been pressurised by Mary Whitehouse's moral majority organisation and the threat of been charged with breaching the blasphemy laws. The production was saved by George Harrison setting up Handmade Films to finance the venture and bring it to the screen.

The scrapbook was for many the only way to read, if not see, the film until the advent of video rental shops with its limited run and it's being banned from television for a decade. The script is even an improvement on the final cut as the sequence of Otto and his crack suicide squad was removed from the finished print under advice from lawyer John Mortimer.

The Cleese, Palin, Jones, Gilliam and Idle ensemble play a cast of timeless characters to interact with Chapman's faultless portrayal of Brian a man living at the same time as Jesus and his being taken for the messiah, `He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy'.

Classic pieces of Python fill the first half of the book, from the death to all Romans, except those concerned with drainage, roads, housing and those who have contributed to all Jews of both sexes and hermaphrodites, to the crowd demanding the welease of woger and of course the song `Always look on the Bright Side of Life'. Fantastic from start to finish, well worth the risk of being damned for all eternity.

Turning the book over, the second half, is a cut and paste affair similar to `Monty Python's Big Red Book' and the `Brand New Monty Python Papperbok' but with a biblical theme. This really adds nothing but does justify it being one of the largest books ever published.
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3.0 out of 5 stars By stratospheric standards. 15 Jun 2013
Well there are gems here, but compared to the peerless 'Papperbok', there little to add to what you all know from the film. To that extent it is markedly inferior to ''Bok' and indeed 'The Big Red Book', which have a fair amount NOT in film/tv series. Then again there's no such thing as an unnecessary Python purchase for we Pythonists, besides, Cleese needs the money! And to be fair, the additional scene including the importunate young man 'a poor huge youth' is good and, better yet, the lad who thinks he might be transmogrifying into a bat and on being told off, explaining 'I did feel a bit bat-like for a second, winging my viewless way from eave to eave' (very Python, that). So parts are their peerless Python selves but this is the weakest of their books, in my view, from the top: 'Bok', 'Grail,'Big Red' with this a half-decent fourth. Unless what you need is 'just' the script, in which case 10/10!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Life of Brian Screenplay 4 April 2008
By Mr. Shy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
So, there seem to be two books where these reviews appear.

One is for the screenplay (from where I am writing this review now and for which the 3* rating applies)

One is the original 1979 book with all the other Pythonic extras referred to in the reviews below.

Moral: Make sure you buy the one you want. You are, after all, all individuals.

For the screenplay, it really is a transcript of the movie. With stress in the sentences underlined and everything. It is probably more fun to watch the movie than read the script - though if you have seen the film, then the script will bring a smile to your face as it'll remind you of the scenes in what is one of the funniest films ever made*. But really, though the writing is good, it's a really short book and you're better off spending your money on the DVD. Hence the star rating.

*Objectively. Got Reg & the lads to take a vote on it and the motion was unanimously passed.
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