Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special Reviews
Like the Beatles there are moments of greatness interspersed by bickering, heavy drinking accusations of blasphemy and of course death.
The surviving Pythons are gathered together here for almost six hours of memories and storys of how they came to be the greatest comedy group ever assembled.
The film traces the teams routes in early TV and how they all eventually got togehter to write the definitive comedy series where everything was totally off the wall.and nothing was left to chance.
What emerges when you watch the film is that despite the massive personality clashes, most notably Terry Jones and John Cleese the whole thing somehow came off.
the film takes time to profile each Python and the others give their views on each other.
Yes Michael Palin is the nicest ,and Eric Idle is in love with Money but there are some suprises and laughs on the way ,my fave being Terry Jones going to a next door soundstage seeing where Gilliam was Shooting his Short The Crimson Permanat assurance and realising where the money was going while he was directing The Meaning Of Life.
The film is of course packed with the classic sketches and the work that was involed creating these memorable and ever quotable sketches.
The film also devotes an individual episode to The Holy Grail and The life of Brian showing how both films were made and how despite some massive issues they came to be made .
If like me you caught repeats of the TV series and wondered what the hell you were watching this film puts meat on the bones of what made the Pythons so great despite such different personalities.
Black knight: just a flesh wound.
This was made here in the uk, councils