Life of Brian - 1979
Directed by Terry Jones
Starring; John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam,
Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Carol Cleveland

Plot: After joining up with an anti-Roman political organization, Brian (Graham Chapman) is mistaken for a prophet, and becomes a reluctant Messiah.

This movie would definitely come under the "opportunity to laugh at the absurdities of life" category of why I love movies.

Originally billed as an irreverent satire of religion and Hollywood films set in a Biblical background, this film takes a whack at a few other human foibles that happen to be especially poignant in the aftermath of September 11th; In particular, the movies' sting on the topic of terrorist groups.

When I first saw this movie years ago, I simply loved it for the "comical relief." Today, this mad satire ironically provides me with a bit of sanity in an atmosphere of heightened religious fervor, blind patriotism, and terrorism. Long a fan of Monty Python, their work has stood as forthright as the little boy who dared cry out, "The Emperor has no clothes" amidst a frenzied crowd. Through the years I've often been told with regard to the unpleasant events in life, that someday I would look back at them and laugh. Life of Brian doesn't make me wait.

According to the Life of Brian...

(Excerpts from the movie)

Qualifications for joining a terrorist group;

REG: Listen. If you really wanted to join the P.F.J.,(Peoples Front of Judea) you'd have to really hate the Romans.
BRIAN: I do!
REG: Oh, yeah? How much?
BRIAN: A lot!
REG: Right. You're in. Listen. The only people we hate more than the Romans are the f&#@ing Judean People's Front! (J.P.F).

The perks of being the leader of a terrorist group;

"Reg, our glorious leader and founder of the P.F.J., will be coordinating consultant at the drain head, though he himself will not be taking part in any terrorist action, as he has a bad back."

Fighting for your "rights?";

REG: You want to have babies?!
LORETTA:(a man) It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them.
REG: But... you can't have babies.
LORETTA: Don't you oppress me.
REG: I'm not oppressing you, Stan. You haven't got a womb!
JUDITH: Here! I-- I've got an idea. Suppose you agree that he can't actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody's fault, not even the Romans', but that he can have the right to have babies.

Independent thought and religion;

BRIAN: Look. You've got it all wrong. You don't need to follow me. You don't need to follow anybody! You've got to think for yourselves. You're all individuals!
CROWD: (in unison) Yes, we're all individuals!
BRIAN: You're all different!
CROWD: (in unison) Yes, we are all different!

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

(sung to Brian, the mistaken Messiah as he is being crucified)

Some things in life are bad.
They can really make you mad.
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle,
Don't grumble. Give a whistle.
And this'll help things turn out for the best.

Always look on the bright side of life.
Always look on the light side of life.

If life seems jolly rotten,
There's something you've forgotten,
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
When you're feeling in the dumps,
Don't be silly chumps.
Just purse your lips and whistle. That's the thing.

Always look on the bright side of life.
Always look on the right side of life,

For life is quite absurd
And death's the final word.
You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget about your sin.
Give the audience a grin.
Enjoy it. It's your last chance, anyhow.

Always look on the bright side of death,
Just before you draw your terminal breath.

Life's a piece of s&#t,
When you look at it.
Life's a laugh and death's a joke. It's true.
You'll see it's all a show.
Keep 'em laughing as you go.
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.

Always look on the bright side of life.
Always look on the right side of life.

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