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A Book About The Film Monty Python And The Holy Grail: All The References From African Swallows To…

byDarl Larsen

Hardcover | March 6, 2015

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This exhaustive reference identifies and explains the plethora of cultural, historical, and topical allusions in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the first original film by the British comedy troupe. In this resource, virtually every allusion and reference that appears in the film-not just Arthurian life and literature from the Middle Ages, but 1970s Great Britain, and other contemporary cultural touchstones-is identified and explained. Organized chronologically by scene, the entries cover literary and metaphoric allusions, symbolisms, names, peoples, and places; as well as the myriad social, cultural, and historical elements (photos, songs, slogans, caricatures) that populate and inform this film.
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) and Monty Python's Flying Circus: An Utterly Complete, Thoro...
Title:A Book About The Film Monty Python And The Holy Grail: All The References From African Swallows To…Format:HardcoverDimensions:632 pages, 10.23 × 7.29 × 1.69 inPublished:March 6, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442245530

ISBN - 13:9781442245532


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments IntroductionList of AbbreviationsScene 1 Title and Credit SequenceScene 2 Coconuts and SwallowsScene 3 Animation / Live Action SequenceScene 4 "Bring Out Your Dead"Scene 5 Dennis the PeasantScene 6 The Black KnightScene 7 Flagellant Monks and "She's a Witch!"Scene 8 Various Montage-AnimationScene 9 "The Book of the Film"Scene 10 Camelot ("It Is a Silly Place")Scene 11 God Announces the Grail QuestScene 12 Title Sequence AnimationScene 13 Taunting by FrenchmenScene 14 The Wooden RabbitScene 15 A Very Famous HistorianScene 16 The Tale of Sir RobinScene 17 The Tale of Sir Galahad and Springboard NovitiatesScene 18 Castle Anthrax Scene 19 Animation / Live Action Scene 24Scene 20 The Blind Soothsayer or "Scene 24"Scene 21 The Knights Who Say "Ni"Scene 22 Dead Historian and PoliceScene 23 The Tale of Sir Launcelot-"Bloody Weather"Scene 24 The Tale of Sir Launcelot Scene Scene 25 Launcelot and ConcordeScene 26 Launcelot Storms Swamp CastleScene 27 Toothless Old Crone and Roger the ShrubberScene 28 Knights of Ni Get Their ShrubberyScene 29 The Dead Historian CoveredScene 30 King Brian the Wild Scene 31 Passing Seasons AnimationScene 32 Tim the EnchanterScene 33 Killer Rabbit and Holy Hand GrenadeScene 34 The Cave of Caerbannog Scene 35 The Bridge of DeathScene 36 The Wonderful Barge and the Grail CastleScene 37 Stop the FilmAppendix A Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Book) Facing PagesAppendix B Personal CorrespondenceBibliographyIndexAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

This book is an in-depth analysis of the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which has become a cult film in the USA, and has more recently been revived as the musical Spamalot. . . .This book will be a great help to those who want to understand appreciate this quite remarkable film. The Monty Python team went on to make two more films. Beyond this, individual members went on to make other films; some comic history, some political and social comment and some more mainstream drama. The start of all this is here. . . .There is a good index and a very full bibliography. An appendix explains the drawings in the 'book'.