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The Afterlife of Brian

Friday 22 August 2014, 12:08

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

The Life Of Brian was banned by Truro council back in the 70s. Isn’t it finally time for this comedy classic to be seen in the city?

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    Comment number 1.

    I'm sure there's a film in this!!!!

    Blessed are the Cheesemakers!

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    Comment number 2.

    What do you mean the best British comedy film ever? What you meant to say was that it’s the best comedy film ever. Furthermore, and together with ‘The Holy Grail’ and 'The Meaning of Life’, ‘Life of Brian’ constitutes the greatest film trilogy ever.

    If Truro is to have its rather belated premiere of ‘Life of Brian’ then I think it should be done in style – the councillors should be made to carry crosses from the City Hall down Lemon Street to the Plaza cinema to kick the evening off.

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    Comment number 3.

    The great misconception about Life of Brian, is that it's this incredibly subversive blasphemous film in the vein of Viridiana or L'age D'or, but it's not. In reality Life of Brian is a comedy about mistaken identity which is very respectful of Jesus and Christianity in general. So the whole business about councils ban it, which did a lot for ticket sales, seems even more ridiculous. I suspect that many councils were reacting to Malcolm Rugridge and the Bishop of Southwark, who famous arrived late for the screening and missed the opening gag setting up the film, before they discussed it with Cleese and Palin on television. Plus 'Holy Grail' is funnier.

    I wonder if Westminster City Council would still object to 'Crash' being screened. I remember the controversy at the time and David Cronenberg seemed rather perplexed by all the fuss, as he said he wasn't someone courted controversy. Although most people who saw 'Crash' at the time were just left scratching their heads.

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    Comment number 4.

    #3 Also, I believe, a satire on blind faith.

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    Comment number 5.

    Just an absolute scream of a biblical epic.Recall queueing for what seemed an age to get into see it,the Scala Cinema Lime Street.Pre main feature there was a short film showing,appropriately so to get the audience in the mood.
    It being "Le Petomane" the life of Joseph Pujol,played by Leonard Rossiter,performing flatulist unprecedented (bottom burper)written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson,so with that link it only seems right to return to Truro Council,take a leaf out of Monsieur Pujols book,discharge with the hot air,more or less every Tom,Dick and Doc Martin have seen the L.O.B. by now,throw open them foyer doors and welcome to 2014.


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