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Monty Python's The Meaning of Live

Follow the men of Monty Python for a behind-the-sences look as they mount a lavish musical revue in 2014—the group's first live show in three decades—that spans their career and reveals an unexpected glimpse of the reality that lurked behind all the absurdist fun for which they were known.

This fleet and funny documentary delivers two versions of Monty Python: in the present, we watch the elder statesmen of British absurdism forced into a reunion tour for financial reasons, while through archival footage we watch their former selves hone their craft, perfect their comic timing, and evolve together into comedy legends. The Pythons are all surprisingly candid for camera, from Eric Idle revealing the pressures put upon him to write and produce the entire stage show (to be performed in the UK’s largest venue in front of 16,000 fans a night) to John Cleese admitting to personal and professional squabbles with several of his co-stars. That insight and introspection from such brilliant comedy minds makes Monty Python: The Meaning of Live far more than just a behind-the-scenes peak; it elevates this documentary into essential viewing. Come peak behind the curtain and then reminisce with us at our outdoor screening of the troop’s Life of Brian.

DIRECTOR: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
CAST: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam
YEAR: 1983
LENGTH: 107 min
Tuesday, October 27

5:05pm EDT

Wednesday, October 28

7:00pm EDT