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Il Medioevo dei viaggiatori nel tempo


(Monty Python the Meaning of Life)

1983, regia di Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones



Scheda: Nazione: GB - Produzione: Celandine Films, The Monty Python Partnership, Universal Pictures - Distribuzione: CIC, MCA, Universal Pictures, WPGS - Soggetto: Graham Chapman, John Cleese,Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin - Sceneggiatura: Graham Chapman, John Cleese,Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin - Fotografia: Peter Hannan, Roger Pratt - Montaggio: Julián Doyle - Scenografia: Sharon Cartwright, Simon Wakefield - Costumi: James Acheson - Musiche: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, John Du Prez, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin (e Johann Sebastian Bach) - Effetti speciali: George Gibbs e altri - Formato: Panoramica Technicolor - Durata: 98' (107').

Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese,Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Carol Cleveland, Simon Jones, Patricia Quinn, Judy Loe, Andrew MacLachlan, Mark Holmes, Valerie Whittington, Jennifer Franks, Imogen Bickford-Smith, Angela Mann, Peter Lovstrom, George Silver, Chris Grant, Victoria Plum, Anne Rosenfeld.


Trama e commenti: - - - «Realizzato con ricchi mezzi, č il quarto e il migliore dei film del gruppo britannico: il piů trasgressivo, provocante e divertente almeno per chi non considera indispensabile nel comico la nozione di buon gusto. ... In questo circo beffardo e dissacrante si scherza con la morte, la vita dopo la morte, le guerre coloniali, la follia e l'ipocrisia del nostro tempo, il Medioevo, il controllo delle nascite...».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - «...The film is embellished with some of Python's most bizarre and disturbing moments, as well as various elaborate musical numbers. The film is by far their darkest work, containing a great deal of black humour, garnished by some spectacular violence. At the time of its release, the Pythons confessed their aim was to offend "absolutely everyone". Besides the opening credits and the fish sequence, Gilliam, by now an established live action director with the success of Time Bandits under his wing, no longer wanted to produce any linking cartoons, offering instead to direct one sketch - The Crimson Permanent Assurance. Under his helm though, the segment grew so ambitious and tangential that it was cut from the movie and used as a supporting feature in its own right (television screenings also use it as a prologue). Crucially, this was the last project that all six Pythons would collaborate on, except for the 1989 compilation Parrot Sketch Not Included where they are all seen sitting in a closet for four seconds. This would be the last time Chapman was filmed on screen with the rest of the gang...».

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