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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Book): Mnti Pythn Ik Den Hlie Grailen… (original 1977; edition 1977)

by Monty Python

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Title:Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Book): Mnti Pythn Ik Den Hlie Grailen (Bk)
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail [book] by Monty Python (1977)

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The only thing more fun than experiencing a taste of Monty Python lunacy is to try to re-perform it for a Python novice. Foremost in that self levity is attempting to relive the inspired lunacy of Monty Python and The Holy Grail. The stage is rife with excellent material - the black knight - the knights who say "Ni!" - the taunting Frenchmen in the castle - the killer rabbit - it goes on and on... The screenplay provides a step by step blueprint for how the film was made, providing as well a bible for the exact content of every skit as needed for those who misquote. This is required reading for every Python junkie.

"BEDEVERE: Why do you think she's witch?
SECOND VILLAGER: She turned me into a newt.
BEDEVERE: A newt?
SECOND VILLAGER (after looking at himself for some time): I got better." ( )
  JPDCompendium | Mar 28, 2014 |
The Monty Python troupe was highly successful on TV with their zany sketches so it was not surprising that they would work on a motion picture. Monty Python and the Holy Grail was the result. To tie into that success, the group published the script of the movie; the catch is that it is done in typical Python style. The first draft is typed on “second” sheets with mistakes, cross-outs, changes, etc. (Well, this is the age before computers! Remember the only way to make corrections was erasure, strike through paper or later wite-out on originals and all copies. It was that or re-type.) After a letter about the censor board and other decisions, the group rewrote the script contained in the last section of the book. This is also hand typed or hand written, and is full of corrections, including whole sections crayoned out! The book also contains ink sketches on many of the pages as well as color photographs from the film. The film’s accountants provide a “spreadsheet” and there is a listing of the film credits.

The usual suspects are all there: King Arthur, Launcelot, Gawain, Galahad and the Green Knight as well as Sir Robin-the-not-quite-so-pure-as-Sir-Lancelot, the Trojan Bunny, Prince Herbert, the Knights who say Ni and God. Oh, and the quest itself!

Certainly this book cannot totally replace the experience of watching the film but, if you are a Monty Python fan, the book will give you a pleasant afternoon of revisiting their world. ( )
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Monty Pythonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chapman, GrahamScreenwriter & Actormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Cleese, JohnScreenwriter & Actormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilliam, TerryDirector, Screenwriter, & Actormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Idle, EricScreenwriter & Actormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, TerryDirector, Screenwriter, & Actormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Palin, MichaelScreenwriter & Actormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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This is the complete director's shooting script of the film of the same name, produced in facsimile from Terry Jones' copy, plus Terry Gilliam's storyboard drawings, correspondence concerning the naughty bits, the accounts for the film and other material.

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