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Monty Python: Before the Flying Circus (2008)

The pre-Monty Python years of the six members of the group. Covers their school and university days, their first individual forays into comedy, how the parts slowly came together and Monty Python's eventual formation.

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Robert Bathurst ... Narrator (voice)
Eric Idle ... Himself
John Cleese ... Himself
Terry Jones ... Himself
Michael Palin ... Himself
Terry Gilliam ... Himself
Stanley Unwin Stanley Unwin ... Himself (archive footage)
Graham Chapman ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Hewison Robert Hewison ... Himself
Humphrey Barclay Humphrey Barclay ... Himself
David Frost ... Himself
Frank Muir Frank Muir ... Himself (archive footage)
Ronnie Corbett ... Himself
Denis Norden ... Himself
David Nobbs David Nobbs ... Himself
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The pre-Monty Python years of the six members of the group. Covers their school and university days, their first individual forays into comedy, how the parts slowly came together and Monty Python's eventual formation.

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Making hilarious stuff seem incredibly dull.
3 January 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am a huge "Monty Python" fan, so my not loving this documentary is surprising. But throughout I kept thinking....'wow...with such weird guys, why is the narration so incredibly boring and flat?!'. I wasn't the only one thinking that, as my daughter said the same....that the narration was all wrong. Uninspired, dull and lacking the sort of things that made "Monty Python" so funny. Now I am not saying the documentary isn't worth seeing...but it certainly could have been much better. Plus, the stodgy narration seems EXACTLY the sort of thing that "Monty Python" would have made fun of long ago!

The show is completely done in black & white. Considering all the clips were black & white prints, coloring everything black & white made sense. What it consists of are interviews with SOME of the Pythoners and a few of their friends....with various photos and film clips inserted throughout the show. I say some because Graham Chapman has long since died and, I can only assume, Terry Jones was ill and in his early struggle with dementia..though he did participate (though he was featured less often in the interviews). Otherwise, the rest of the Python cast appeared in the show.


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