It’s been 40 years since Monty Python and the Holy Grail was unleashed unto us, the unwashed masses, and apparently it’s been forgotten why the film was ever made in the first place. If you remember, please contact Michael Palin.
All shenanigans aside,
The remaining members, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, will be present for the special screening of The Holy Grail Friday, April 24 at the Beacon Theatre. Monty Python’s Life of Brian will be shown on April 25 and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life on April 26. After each screening, several of the cast members will be available for a special Q&A session.
One can only hope Graham Chapman is at each one in spirit and will soundly make his presence known.
A documentary called Monty Python — The Meaning of Live will be making its international debut at the festival. The documentary, directed by Roger Graef and James Rogan, takes a look back at the final preparations for the reunion shows in London of last year and delves into the incredible yet surreal history of Monty Python. As reported by the Inquisitr, the London shows were a smashing success, with the final show at the Oz appearing in over 2,000 theaters in 100 different countries.
Michael Palin spoke a few “sentimental” words about the movie, and what it meant to Monty Python.
“The Pythons are looking forward very much to the Tribeca Film Festival and the chance to meet anyone who can remember why we made ‘Monty Python and The Holy Grail.’ All we know is that it was a documentary about coconuts that rather lost its way. If anyone at Tribeca can explain why we made it and didn’t call it ‘Braveheart’ then our visit to New York will not have been wasted.”
In their March 11 article on the Monty Python anniversary, Rolling Stone offered additional Holy Grail insight, including a quote from Terry Gilliam on why lack of funding saved the movie.
“It’s amazing how lack of money saved us from mediocrity,” Terry Gilliam, the group’s animator and Holy Grail co-director, said. “We couldn’t afford real horses.”
Tickets for the festival go on sale March 23 via the Tribeca Film Festival’s website.
Cue the coconuts.