A Book about the Film Monty Python and the Holy Grail: All the References from African Swallows to Zoot

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Rowman & Littlefield, 6 mar. 2015 - 632 páginas
Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired from 1969 until 1974, but the conclusion of the series did not mark the end of the troupe’s 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 scene—whether stated by a character, depicted in the mise-en-scène, or mentioned in the print companion—is identified and explained. Beyond the Arthurian legend, entries cover literary metaphors, symbols, names, peoples, and places—as 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 “Arthurian” 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 “modern” 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.
 

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SCENE ONE TITLE AND CREDIT SEQUENCE
1
SCENE TWO COCONUTS AND SWALLOWS
26
SCENE THREE ANIMATION LIVE ACTION SEQUENCE
71
SCENE FOUR BRING OUT YOUR DEAD
73
SCENE FIVE DENNIS THE PEASANT
94
SCENE SIX THE BLACK KNIGHT
161
SCENE SEVEN FLAGELLANT MONKS AND SHES A WITCH
187
SCENE EIGHT VARIOUS MONTAGEANIMATION
226
SCENE TWENTYTHREE THE TALE OF SIR LAUNCELOTBLOODY WEATHER
361
SCENE TWENTYFOUR THE TALE OF SIR LAUNCELOT SCENE
366
SCENE TWENTYFIVE LAUNCELOT AND CONCORDE
380
SCENE TWENTYSIX LAUNCELOT STORMS SWAMP CASTLE
383
SCENE TWENTYSEVEN TOOTHLESS OLD CRONE AND ROGER THE SHRUBBER
408
SCENE TWENTYEIGHT KNIGHTS OF NI GET THEIR SHRUBBERY
416
SCENE TWENTYNINE THE DEAD HISTORIAN COVERED
420
SCENE THIRTY KING BRIAN THE WILD
421

SCENE NINE THE BOOK OF THE FILM
229
SCENE TEN CAMELOT IT IS A SILLY PLACE
244
SCENE ELEVEN GOD ANNOUNCES THE GRAIL QUEST
255
SCENE TWELVE TITLE SEQUENCE ANIMATION
265
SCENE THIRTEEN TAUNTING BY FRENCHMEN
270
SCENE FOURTEEN THE WOODEN RABBIT
291
SCENE FIFTEEN A VERY FAMOUS HISTORIAN
299
SCENE SIXTEEN THE TALE OF SIR ROBIN
307
SCENE SEVENTEEN THE TALE OF SIR GALAHAD AND SPRINGBOARD NOVITIATES
322
SCENE EIGHTEEN CASTLE ANTHRAX
327
SCENE NINETEEN ANIMATION LIVE ACTION SCENE 24
347
SCENE TWENTY THE BLIND SOOTHSAYER OR SCENE 24
349
SCENE TWENTYONE THE KNIGHTS WHO SAY NI
355
SCENE TWENTYTWO DEAD HISTORIAN AND POLICE
360
SCENE THIRTYONE PASSING SEASONS ANIMATION
424
SCENE THIRTYTWO TIM THE ENCHANTER
435
SCENE THIRTYTHREE KILLER RABBIT AND HOLY HAND GRENADE
442
SCENE THIRTYFOUR THE CAVE OF CAERBANNO
460
SCENE THIRTYFIVE THE BRIDGE OF DEATH
469
SCENE THIRTYSIX THE WONDERFUL BARGE AND THE GRAIL CASTLE
474
SCENE THIRTYSEVEN STOP THE FILM
493
APPENDIX A MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL BOOK FACING PAGES
495
APPENDIX B PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE
531
BIBLIOGRAPHY
535
INDEX
553
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
599
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Darl Larsen is professor in both the Media Arts department and the Center for Animation at Brigham Young University, where he teaches film, animation, screenwriting, and popular culture studies. He is the author of Monty Python, Shakespeare and English Renaissance Drama (2003), Monty Python's Flying Circus: An Utterly Complete, Thoroughly Unillustrated, Absolutely Unauthorized Guide to Possibly All the References (Taylor, 2013), and A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian: All the References from Assyrians to Zeffirelli (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

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