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Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) * Aubrey Powell (2010)

When my eye fell on this recent ‘Monty Python’ DVD I was just curious what it would be. Of course when the material would be recent, it could never be of the entire crew since Graham Chapman died in 1989. John Cleese does not appear in this production either though. What remains are the ideas of the most active ‘Pythoner’ Eric Idle who combined the film “Life Of Brian” with Händel’s “Messiah” to create some full-scale musical/opera with an orchestra and massive choir. The piece has actually been performed life on several occasions, but only at the 40th Python celebration, did some of the original crew join in. That is the version that is now available on DVD. Naturally the larger part is sung and there are a few narrated pieces and other silly interludes. The result is of course quite silly, but actually contains but a few good jokes.

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