(DISCLAIMER: This blogathon is not in any way connected with or endorsed by Python [Monty] Pictures Ltd. or any member of Monty Python.)
On Oct. 5, 1969, the British comedy collective soon to be known as Monty Python first made its presence felt when “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” made its world premiere on the BBC. As the show was the final broadcast for BBC’s Sunday-evening programming, Python member Michael Palin said that their original audience consisted of “burglars and insomniacs.” From those humble beginnings sprang forth a laugh factory that influenced generations of British and American comedy makers.
To honor this hallowed anniversary, I announce The Monty Python Movie Blogathon. I know it’s ironic that I’m creating a film blogathon for a comedy troupe that began in TV — but let’s face it, if we allowed the Pythons’ TV entries into this ‘thon, it would be running for months! So here are the rules.
No duplicate entries about the same movie. You are about to be provided with a menu of choices generous enough that no blogs should have to overlap.
Do’s – You may blog about:
- obviously, any of the Pythons’ team films, from And Now for Something Completely Different through The Meaning of Life. (Although not all of the Pythons participated in the three Secret Policemen’s Ball concert films, these can be included as well. If you wish, you may also review the DVD of Monty Python Live [mostly], the 2014 reunion concert of the surviving Python members.)
- any movie — comedy or drama — in which a Python member played a starring or supporting role.
- any movie in which a Python member participated in the writing and/or directing. (This obviously includes the vast filmography of Terry Gilliam.)
- any filmed biography of the Pythons.
Don’ts – Please, no reviews of any of their TV work, as a group or separately, or as I mentioned, we’d be here for days. That said, I will make two exceptions to this rule: (1) any aforementioned Python biographies that happened to appear on TV; and (2) The Rutles (1978), Eric Idle’s irresistible mock-biography of The Beatles.
How Do I Join the Blogathon?
In the “Comments” section at the bottom of this blog, please leave your name, the URL of your blog, and the movie you are choosing to blog about. At the end of this blog entry are banners for the ‘thon. Grab a banner, display it on your blog, and link it back to this blog.
The blogathon will take place from Sat., Oct. 1, through Mon., Oct. 3. When the opening date of the blogathon arrives, leave a comment here with a link to your post, and I will display it in the list of entries (which I will continually update up to the beginning of the ‘thon, so keep checking back!).
I will not be assigning particular dates to any blog posts. As long as you get your entry in by the end of the day on Oct. 3, I will be satisfied. (That said, the earlier the better!)
Again, be sure to leave me a comment and grab a banner, and have fun with your blog entry!
Here’s the line-up so far:
Movie Movie Blog Blog – The movie version of Graham Chapman’s A Liar’s Autobiography
BNoirDetour – Terry Gilliam’s Brazil
Cinematic Frontier – Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King
lifesdailylessonsblog – Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
Serendipitous Anachronisms – Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The James Bond Social Media Project – John Cleese in the James Bond films The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day
Moon in Gemini – John Cleese and Michael Palin in Fierce Creatures
The Midnite Drive-In – Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits
Radiator Heaven – Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Reelweegiemidget Reviews – Eric Idle in National Lampoon’s European Vacation