Thursday, February 08, 2007

From Now On, I Want You to Call Me Loretta

My father was a huge fan of British comedy when we growing up. My childhood is filled with memories of Benny Hill, Carry On movies, and Peter Sellers as the Pink Panther. My father’s fondness for their dry, witty sense of humour was one of the things he’s passed onto me. While in university, I discovered the joys of Mrs. Slocombe’s pussy and the flower children of Keeping Up Appearances. And of course, there were always the boys of Monty Python. At one time, my brother had a double cassette set of some of their best songs which I used to listen to over and over again. Eric the Half a Bee, The Galaxy Song, and Every Sperm is Sacred were just a couple of faves.



I wasn’t a huge fan of the Flying Circus but can still quote almost the entire script from Holy Grail. We used to have a copy on BetaMax – that’s how long our family has been fans. It was my all-time favourite Python film followed closely by Meaning of Life (It’s wafer thin…). I remember seeing part of Life of Brian but never watched the whole thing. For years, I always felt it could never live up to the standard set by Holy Grail. However, the other day a friend quoted a line from the film, “Romanes Eunt Domus”, which made me start thinking about it for the first time in years. I decided to give it another shot and see if it was any good. A number of friends have said that it’s their favourite Python film but I always just figured they were one can short of a six pack. I have to admit that I really enjoyed it this time around. Not enough to claim that it’s better than Holy Grail or even better than Meaning of Life but I certainly can’t claim that it’s rubbish any more. Plus it’s got one of the best closing scenes ever.

1 comment:

Alasdair said...

Karen - I'm glad you enjoyed "Life of Brian" and THANKS for posting the fantastic ending song "Bright Side of Life" - I had an employee who used to sing this all the time, so have sent the clip to her. And it sticks in my head too. I'm a long-time Python fan and "Life Of Brian" has always been a favourite of mine - "the cheesemakers? what's so special about the cheesemakers"???

I really like reading your blog :-)