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Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl


Mandy Heiser

Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
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One of my obsessions in life being the fabulous Monty Python, I decided to do their most obscure film as my first review of their work.

Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is their fourth of five films. Basically it's a recording of a three-night show they performed in 1982 at the exquisite Hollywood Bowl. The troupe performs a lot of their classic skits from the series (The Argument Clinic, The Ministry of Silly Walks, Whizzo Chocolate Company, The Lumberjack song, etc.) and a handful of hysterical original ones. They also perform classic songs and skits that before had only been released on their records (i.e. - The Bruce's Philosopher Song, Four Yorkshire Men).

Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman and John Cleese give wonderful Pythonesque performances, along with special guest stars Carol Cleveland and Neil Innes (who performs some special treats for us Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band lovers, when he sings "I'm the Urban Spaceman" and "How Sweet to be an Idiot").

Now....as big as of a Python fan I am (the biggest, in short) I do have my LONE complaint. In the series Monty Python's Flying Circus, in their first film And Now For Something Completely Different and on the records, Michael Palin sang the famed "Lumberjack Song"...however... in Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Eric Idle sings it. We love you Eric, but, that song was just meant for Michael to sing!

Other than that rather minor complaint, I have no reason to say anything other than absolute praise about this film. It's hysterical, by far one of the funniest films I've ever seen. Python has done it again!

Never-ending satire and beautiful plumage, this is a film for any Python fan. It could very well be my favorite of the lot.

My Rating = Three Stars

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