in about 100 words or less
Director: Terry Jones; Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
The Life of Brian is perhaps the cleverest of the Monty Python films and one of the funniest on the subject of religious satire. In an ultimate case of mistaken identity, a young man named Brian Cohen is mistaken for his next door neighbour – Jesus Christ, who coincidentally was also born on December 25, Year 0. The film’s popularity and ultimate success was no doubt helped by the ridiculous amount of protest and censorship which the film initially received. Despite Brian’s mother’s protests that “He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy”, poor Brian eventually is eventually crucified whilst signing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” – the most memorable song in comedic film history (Klaus Ming September 2011).