...And now for something completely different...
It's...Monty Python on the rack! Yes, this week we discuss the funniest movie ever made--Monty Python and The Holy Grail! This special feature-length audio commentary was recorded on the fly. I have seen this film, in all its perverse glory, many times. My co-pilot this week, Dillon, is not as familiar with the material, but brought his expertise in stage combat and acting to the table (is there a difference between the two? Seriously?)
I once had the pleasure of seeing Terry Jones discuss this film in person at San Francisco's historic Castro Theater. This event, and this episode, prove that a often-revisited classic still has some secrets to give up. While I was unable to record Jones presentation of the film, I do have some trivia to reiterate from that evening.
Some Holy Grail Trivia
1. Graham Chapman experienced delirium tremes while filming the Bridge of Death sequence.
2. The Holy Handgranade is actually "The Sphere," a piece of the royal regalia, used in British coronation ceremonies.
3. Terry Jones armor was really nitted yarn, infused with metallic thread
4. Watery tarts in lakes really do distribute swords (how do you think I got mine?)
5. Audience members were initially shocked at the comical violence in the Black Knight duel scenes. It wasn't until Arthur lopped off the Black Knight's legs that people began to relax and laugh.
This is one of the few times that podcast will take a detour from horror and sci-fi, though this film does have elements of the sword and sorcery genre.
As always, your comments are welcome.
You can listen to the auditory carnage here (complete with wicked, bad, naughty Zoot and her virgin retinue). You can also download us from archive.org http://www.archive.org/details/TheFlyPaperDungeon--episodeSix--montyPythonAndTheHolyGrailCommentary
Now, get on with it! Listen to the show!