Tuesday, October 3, 2017
The Quad does Python The Ministry of Silly Films: Monty Python and Beyond October 20-26, 2017
Silliness reigns supreme at the Quad as we revel in the comic genius of the quintessential British comedy team from their ensemble films to solo projects.
Titles include: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Brazil, A Fish Called Wanda, Jabberwocky and more—all on 35mm!
"It's...!" The quintessential British comedy collective coalesced when the writing team of John Cleese and Graham Chapman joined forces with already-collaborating Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam. Careening seemingly ordinary conversations and ideas into illogical and hysterical conclusions, the comedy troupe soared from their first television broadcast in August 1969. Conceiving dozens of memorable characters and situations, they have been giving generations convulsions ever since. As the best interpreters of their own writing, they honed their performing skills and movies soon beckoned. Like The Beatles, the Pythons would create classic works together and apart, often reuniting on one another's pet projects. From songs to sketches to slapstick to scatology, the Pythons have added immeasurably to the definition and direction of film comedy. Know-what-we-mean, eh, know-what-we-mean?
The Quad is pleased to let silliness reign supreme for six Python-packed days with 12 titles all screening on 35mm. This retrospective includes all four features they made as a team, as well as notable movies directed by the two Terrys, with Gilliam evolving from animation genius to premier fantasist and Jones taking on eclectic material.
And Now For Something Completely Different Ian MacNaughton, 1971, 35mm
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones, 1974, 35mm
Jabberwocky Terry Gilliam, 1977, 35mm
Monty Python’s Life of Brian Terry Jones, 1979, 35mm
Time Bandits Terry Gilliam, 1981, 35mm
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Terry Jones, 1983, 35mm
Yellowbeard Mel Damski, 1983, 35mm
Brazil Terry Gilliam, 1985, 35mm
Personal Services Terry Jones, 1987, 35mm
A Fish Called Wanda Charles Crichton, 1988, 35mm
Erik the Viking Terry Jones, 1989, 35mm
The Wind in the Willows (aka Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride) Terry Jones, 1996, 35mm