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So nearly perfect...,
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Terry Gilliam's films are always a visual feast, and this one is no exception. From the opening scenes via the Hieronymous Bosch paintings, this film probably gives a pretty accurate idea of what life was like in Medieval England - the muck, the filth, the dust, and the wonderfully shrunk idea of the world. When Warren Mitchell's Mr Fishfinger is telling Michael Palin's Dennis Cooper about his travels he mentions he was in Muckley recently. Palin is hugely impressed expressing that Muckley is quite a way away. Mr Fishfinger agrees stating it is a good two miles away. The response from the Dennis Cooper character is "oh, I'd love to travel one day".
The majority of this film is wonderful, even though it is fairly obviously shot on a shoestring budget. Palin turns in his usual sparkling performance and there is a wonderful double act of comedy excellence from old stagers Max Wall and John Le Mesurier, and good cameos from British stagers like Warren Mitchell, Bernard Bresslaw and Harry H Corbett. There are some wonderfully atmospheric scenes in the dusty tumbledown castle of King Bruno the Questionable. My only complaint is my abiding memory of watching it for the very first time was that it was sometimes a little bit confusing in places, but repeated watching makes it a very worthwhile experience.
NOT a Python film, but a good next step if you only know those films.