Shortly after the communists’ empire had collapsed I was in Prague teaching ( and preaching, I’m afraid) the fine art of democracy to Czech civil servants. It was a great and funny timeÂ characterized by an abundance of mutual misunderstandings. Real life absurdity occurred all the time, which at one moment made me refer to Monty Python. It was another misunderstanding on my part: no one of my “pupils” had the slightest idea who or what I was talking about.
So, to be on the safe side, for youngsters: Monty Python’s Flying Circus was the revolutionary group of very smartÂ British TV-humorists (Â Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones en Michael Palin) specialized in absurdity, who became legends in their time ( late sixties/early seventies) and never have been beaten ( in my opinion). They have stayed part of my generation’s nostalgia.
Now last Thursday Monty Python won a honorary Bafta. And very rightly so.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts every year awards Bafta’s for best movie, best TV program, best actor, best actress etc. So it’s more or less the English counterpart of the American Oscars. With one difference: the winners usually are a little bit more interesting (indeed, you’re right, I’m strictly partisan). And to top this there is more good news: at long last the ultimate documentary on Monty Python is about to be released: “Monty Python: Almost the Truth – the Lawyers Cut“.
Just to keep in mind the touch of their genius, here is one of these guys’ highlights, the Dead Parrot scene: