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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)


A fairly small turn out was unfortunate as the opportunity for dressing up and eating Spam cakes was a lot of fun, as the Facebook photo album bears witness. Was it the timing in the middle of school holidays, the dated film, or the increased Covid security that kept people away ? We'll never know.


The new format discussion group was successful and so it shall be repeated - live in the 'box office' corner with two laptops tuned to Zoom participants.


Three of us ‘in real life’ joined our RCC friend Gordon on Zoom to discuss Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in our new studio style venue near the front door of Sunnyside Hall. Although we did have happy memories of Monty Python when we were young, we wondered whether its surreal and silly humour had travelled over time. We also felt that The Life of Brian was the better film. Monty Python and the Holy Grail felt like a lot of sketches knitted together. The animations didn’t seem to appeal as much as they did back in 1975. The low budget was evident and we doubted if young people would respond well to this as they are used to sophisticated digital technology. The jokes about the oppressed poor still seemed to ring true. Michael Palin showed early signs of becoming a national treasure.

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