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Monty Python to re-release Life of Brian as antidote to Mel's Passion



Story by: Jack Foley

MONTY Python’s The Life of Brian is to return to US cinemas, next month, as an antidote to the hysteria surrounding Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.

The popular British Biblical satire is to be re-released in Los Angeles, New York and other US cities to mark its 25th anniversary, with adverts challenging Gibson’s runaway blockbuster with the lines, ‘Mel or Monty?’, ‘The Passion or the Python?’

The film’s distributor, Rainbow, said the timing seemed appropriate and hoped the film would ‘serve as an antidote to all the hysteria about Mel's movie’.

The Life of Brian follows a Jewish character, from Nazareth, who is worshipped as the Messiah, then crucified by Romans.

Ironically, it was just as controversial as Gibson’s epic, being condemned as blasphemous at the time of its release, even though Monty Python maintained it was intended as a spoof on Biblical movies and intolerance, rather than Christianity.

And just as Gibson relied on his own personal fortune to complete his movie, the Python team only succeeded in getting it made, thanks to a donation from former Beatle, George Harrison, who stepped in to finance it after EMI Films withdrew.

Henry Jaglom, Rainbow president, commented: "We decided this is an important time to re-release this film, to provide some counter-programming to The Passion."

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