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Monty Python

Medium
Television film theatre audio recordings books
Nationality British
Years active 1969–1983
1989
1998
2002
2013–2014
Genres
Satire surreal humour black comedy
Influences
The Goons Spike Milligan Peter Cook Dudley Moore Jonathan Miller Alan Bennett Peter Sellers
Notable works and roles Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969–1974)
And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)
Monty Python Live (mostly) (2014)
Members Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Terry Jones
Michael Palin
Website Official website
Monty Python (sometimes known as The Pythons) were a British surreal comedy group who created the sketch comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four seasons. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, spawning touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books, and a stage musical. The group’s influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles’ influence on music.

Broadcast by the BBC between 1969 and 1974, Flying Circus was conceived, written, and performed by its members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. Loosely structured as a sketch show, but with an innovative stream-of-consciousness approach (aided by Gilliam’s animation), it pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in style and content. A self-contained comedy team responsible for both writing and performing their work, the Pythons had creative control which allowed them to experiment with form and content, discarding rules of television comedy. Their influence on British comedy has been apparent for years, while in North America, it has coloured the work of cult performers from the early editions of Saturday Night Live through to more recent absurdist trends in television comedy. “Pythonesque” has entered the English lexicon as a result.

In a 2005 UK poll to find “The Comedian’s Comedian”, three of the six Pythons members were voted by fellow comedians and comedy insiders to be among the top 50 greatest comedians ever: Cleese at No. 2, Idle at No. 21, and Palin at No. 30.

Footloose

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Theatrical movie poster
Directed by Herbert Ross
Produced by
Lewis J. Rachmil
Craig Zadan
Written by Dean Pitchford
Starring
Kevin Bacon
Lori Singer
Dianne Wiest
John Lithgow
Music by
Tom Snow
Jim Steinman
Kenny Loggins
Dean Pitchford
Cinematography Ric Waite
Edited by Paul Hirsch
Production
company
IndieProd Company Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
February 17, 1984
Running time
110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8.2 million
Box office $80 million (domestic)
Footloose is a 1984 American musical drama film directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon), an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of a local minister (John Lithgow), dancing and rock music have been banned.

The film is loosely based on events that took place in the small, rural, and religious community of Elmore City, Oklahoma.

John & Yoko: A Love Story

Biography
Drama
Music
Romance
Directed by Sandor Stern
Starring Mark McGann
Kim Miyori
Kenneth Price
Peter Capaldi
Country of origin United States
Original language English
Executive producer John J. McMahon
Producers Aida Young
Terance T. Power (associate producer)
Editor Ralph Sheldon
Cinematography Alan Hume
Running time 146 minutes
Production company Carson Productions
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release December 2, 1985
John and Yoko: A Love Story is a 1985 television drama that chronicles the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, beginning just before they met in 1966 and concluding with Lennon’s murder in 1980. The movie was made with the co-operation of Yoko Ono, who controlled the song rights.

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