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To mark the 40th Anniversary of MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival have announced it will celebrate the occasion with a special screening of the film and the international premiere of Roger Graef and James Rogan’s documentary MONTY PYTHON – THE MEANING OF LIVE. The Festival will also host special screenings of two classic Python films: MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN on April 25 and MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE on April 26 in honour of the anniversary.

The five surviving members of the legendary comedy group: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, will come together for the special presentation of MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL on Friday, April 24 at The Beacon Theatre in New York.

Continuing its celebration of the Pythons, the Festival will debut Roger Graef and James Rogan’s documentary MONTY PYTHON – THE MEANING OF LIVE Saturday, April 25. The feature-length documentary offers unprecedented access to the preparations and staging of the Pythons’ 2014 reunion shows at The O2 in London and gives a fascinating insight into the personalities, relationships, and circumstances that made the Pythons into a global phenomenon.

Each film presentation will be followed by a Q&A with some of the members of Monty Python.

‘It is hard to believe that Holy Grail was first shown 40 years ago’, said Paula Weinstein, Executive Vice President, Tribeca Enterprises. ‘The film is so brilliant and the Pythons’ influence on contemporary comedy in cinema and television is so enduring that it feels as fresh today as it did decades ago. We are honored to welcome the Pythons to Tribeca and to share stories of their groundbreaking process with our audience through the international premiere of MONTY PYTHON – THE MEANING OF LIVE’.

‘It’s amazing how lack of money saved us from mediocrity. We couldn’t afford real horses’, said Terry Gilliam.

Michael Palin added:

‘The Pythons are looking forward very much to the Tribeca Film Festival and the chance to meet anyone who can remember why we made MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. All we know is that it was a documentary about coconuts that rather lost its way. If anyone at Tribeca can explain why we made it and didn’t call it BRAVEHEART then our visit to New York will not have been wasted’.

Eric Idle continued:

‘I often had the feeling the movie might make a good Broadway musical….’.

Before we take a look back at four of Python’s best, don’t forget to check our dedicated TFF 2015 blog for more news and events at TFF 2015. You can also check out Part One and Part Two of THN’s Steve Palace’s reports from the ‘MONTY PYTHON LIVE (Mostly)’ press conference.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones (UK) – Special Screening

Monty Python re-creates England of 932 A.D in their first MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL When King Arthur enlists Knights to join his Round Table, they are inspired by God to go on a quest for the Holy Grail that is constantly interrupted by all manner of challenges.