A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)
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Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as 'the dead one from Monty Python', writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A Liar's Autobiography. Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989, he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book, A Liar's Autobiography - and those recordings have now ingeniously been used to provide Chapman's voice for the 3D animated feature of the same name. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam also turn up, playing themselves and other characters, along with a few surprise guests. Not a documentary, not a Monty Python film, A Liar's Autobiography is Chapman's own take on his bizarre life and his search for self-knowledge. Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True, who knows? -- (C) Official Site … More
|Rating:||R (for strong and crude sexual content including graphic animated sequences, language and some violent images)|
|Genre:||Animation, Art House & International, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Bill Jones, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson (II), Ben Timlett|
|Written By:||Graham Chapman|
|In Theaters:||Nov 2, 2012 Limited|
|On DVD:||Feb 12, 2013|
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Critic Reviews for A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
The varying tones give a patchy feel to the enterprise without adding up to anything as radical as the Pythons' own assault on TV conventions. A cordial tribute to a fascinating chap nonetheless.
The film's mostly for Python completists, of whom there are many, as well as for animation junkies who will groove on the grab bag of styles.
Apart from Chapman's dry observational tone and the others' silly voices, there's not much here to touch Python fans accustomed to soaring in a higher stratosphere of humour.
The experience of A Liar's Autobiography is ultimately deflating instead of celebratory.
Even at 85 minutes, the movie often drags as if there was insufficient quality material to draw upon.
Audience Reviews for A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
Ex-Python Graham Chapman reads from his fictional autobiography, with a dozen different animators illustrating scenes in vastly different styles; topics covered include his battle with alcoholism and with sitting on people's faces in all sorts of places. The definition of uneven, with flashes of Pythonesque WTFiness lighting up long, meandering dull stretches; specialized audiences (you know who you are) may dig it.
Utterly bizarre and random biography of the late Graham Chapman, full of alcohol and homosexuality. He'd have loved it.
Ingenious and rather silly! Not only is that how one can describe this movie. But, it is also how you can describe Graham Chapman. Absurdly genius animations and narration from the man himself. Give fans of the late-Python, a glimpse into the mind and life of the beloved comedian.
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