Monty Pythonas Flying Circus aired from 1969 until 1974, but the conclusion of the series did not mark the end of the troupeas creative output. Even before the final original episodes were recorded and broadcast, the six members began work on their first feature-length enterprise of new material. Rather than string together a series of silly skits, they conceived a full-length story line with references to the real and imagined worlds of the mythical King Arthur, the lives of medieval peasants, and the gloomy climate of 1970s Britain. Released in 1975, Monty Python and the Holy Grail was a modest success but has since been hailed as a modern classic. In A Book about the Film Monty Python and the Holy Grail:All the References from African Swallows to Zoot, Darl Larsen identifies and examines the cultural, historical, and topical allusions in the movie. In this entertaining resource, virtually every reference that appears in a sceneawhether stated by a character, depicted in the mise-en-scAune, or mentioned in the print companionais identified and explained. Beyond the Arthurian legend, entries cover literary metaphors, symbols, names, peoples, and placesaas well as the myriad social, cultural, and historical elements that populate the film. This book employs the film as a window to both reveal and examine aArthuriana life and literature, the historical Middle Ages, and a Great Britain of labor unrest, power shortages, and the common man. Introducing the reader to dozens of medievalist histories and authors and connecting the film concretely to the amoderna British Empire, A Book about the Film Monty Python and the Holy Grail will appeal to fans of the troupe as well as medieval scholars and academics who can laugh at themselves and their work.Both Macbeth and Arthur take these prophetic utterances of challenges seemingly insurmountable as surmountable, and press forward. The OLD MAN laughs sinisterly and mockinglyaThe Soothsayer never answers any question directly, anbsp;...
|Title||:||A Book about the Film Monty Python and the Holy Grail|
|Publisher||:||Rowman & Littlefield - 2015-03-06|