Hot Docs 2015: ‘Monty Python: The Meaning of Life’

Monty Python: The Meaning of Life (DIR. Roger Graef, James Rogan)

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By: Addison Wylie

If Monty Python Live (Mostly) was the comedy troupe’s last hurrah, Monty Python: The Meaning of Life is their congratulatory curtain call and encore.

It goes without saying that Roger Graef and James Rogan’s film is essential viewing for any Monty Python fan, or anyone who caught their live show.  This documentary provides audiences with alternate angles, exclusive behind-the-scenes tomfoolery, and mounds of classic footage including past performances from other live shows decades ago.  For other indifferent followers, the film comes across as a glorified DVD special feature.

The esteemed members of the troupe (Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and an often referenced Graham Chapman) are issued honest portrayals by the filmmakers.  Monty Python’s talented knacks for writing and performing absurdism are highlighted, but the film also explains the group’s prior disagreements and stubborn attitudes.  Cleese’s high expectations are seen in candid interviews, and his ‘Silly Walk’ confession is a funny eye-opener.

We also see a more sensitive side to the bunch as they worry about Jones’ old age.  However, an injury that happens to Terry during one of the performances proves to everyone just how committed he is to the show.  But mostly, everyone is just happy to be reunited for one last kick at the dead parrot.

Monty Python Live (Mostly)
Monty Python: The Meaning of Life at Toronto’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on:

Monday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Tuesday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m. @ Isabel Bader Theatre

Saturday, May 2 at 9:00 p.m. @ Fox Theatre

Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema


Click here for more festival details and to buy tickets.

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