Avoiding talk of death won’t make it disappear.
Rapturous falsetto voices are heard in the new HBO documentary ‘The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.’
Falsetto male pop and opera artists fascinate us with their high voices, but it’s also intriguing to know anyone can find a falsetto sound.
Graham Chapman as Brian in Terry Jones’s ‘Monty Python’s Life Of Brian.’
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‘Life of Brian’ is a perfect introduction to how a seemingly-irreverent parody of films about the historical Jesus can offer stronger historical insights than more earnest fare.
Comedian, writer, historian: Terry Jones was a man of many parts and well loved in all his fields.
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The Monty Python star was also a highly respected author on Chaucer and the writer of a series of children’s history books.
Jonathan Miller, still from The Body in Question (1978).
Miler halted the terms ‘Renaissance Man’ and ‘polymath’ but was one of the most wide-ranging intellects of his era.
Eric Idle, from left, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Sue Jones-Davies in Life of Brian (1979).
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As parody goes, this infamous Monty Python film is a pretty gentle, even, respectful sort. It is now more likely to be criticised for breaching the boundaries of ‘political correctness’.
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Half a century of British classic television available online? Sounds good, but will it be enough to take on the Netflix juggernaut?
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The various readings of this national myth can tell us a lot about our cultural and political time and place.
Still from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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Is anyone still interested in Monty Python? Surprisingly, yes.
Australia is way behind comparable countries on the marriage equality debate, thanks largely to a failure of leadership.
Historically, Australians have been leaders rather than followers on progressing social issues. But more recently, our leaders have trailed behind public opinion.
A local shop, for local people.
British comedy has always revelled in self-reflexive parody. Now, following Brexit, perhaps the re-nationalisation of British comedy is nigh.
With Python, audience members are primarily laughing for their own memories of laughing.
The Monty Python crew have put many caveats on their upcoming reunion shows, which starts in London today and will be simulcast live around the world. Perhaps this quote from John Cleese rings truest of…