Reel History 2×03 – Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Always look on the bright side of life.....and of course explore the history too!

Reel History - Life of Brian

Presented by Hugh K. David and Jenna Pateman, Reel History UK is an informative and engaging podcast exploring the presentation of historical events within pop culture ranging across film and television. Each episode, our hosts focus on a chosen television show or movie property that may be based on or around important historical events. From there, each episode discussion leads to the ultimate decision, is the chosen media property REAL History or REEL History?


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For Reel History’s Easter Special, Hugh and Jenna explore the Monty Python’s classic and controversial film, the Life of Brian which starred and written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

Hugh and Jenna discuss both the issues of the biblical period that film is set in as well as the time the film came was release, talking about what life was like for the people living during Jesus’s supposed lifetime, and that there was a hunt for a messiah, as well as how the Python’s used the setting to reflect what was happening in British Leftist Politics at the time.

They also chat a bit about the controversial nature of the film, the reaction from the Anglican Church, and why it is always a good idea to look on the bright side of life.


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