Monty Python and the Holy Grail review – timelessly brilliant

The Pythons return to the big screen with a 40th-anniversary rerelease that reminds us of their superb, anarchic daring

Just after Robert Bresson’s Lancelot of the Lake and before John Boorman’s Excalibur there was Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), the Pythons’ classic Arthurian hallucination. Now rereleased in cinemas on its 40th anniversary, the film was their bridgehead into international stardom. Watched again now on the big screen, it is eerie to see how, without the gags, much of its cinematography and imagery could actually be taken entirely seriously. (“Ingmar Bergman’s gonna be jealous of this one!” co-director Terry Gilliam told a BBC Film Night location reporter at the time.)

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