Life of Python

Synopsis: This documentary tells the history of the Python group, allowing a few glimpses at the works of its predecessors (At Last the 1948 Show, Do Not Adjust Your Sets etc.) and various interviews with the group's members and other associated artists.
57 min

The BBC would like to announce

that the next scene is unsuitable

for family viewing.

It contains scenes of violence

involving people's heads and

arms getting chopped off.

There are also naked women

with floppy breasts.

Also, you can see a pair of buttocks,

and there's another bit

where I swear you can see everything.

Maybe it's just the way

he's holding the spear.

A lot of American humour from

the fifties in television

was based on sort of,

kind of real social situations

and real relationships,

And Python takes that basis

and just explodes it.


They were cruel, but

I found it hilarious.

I'm a bit of a cruel twit myself.

He also nailed your wife's

head to a coffee table.

Isn't that right, mrs. O'Tracey?

Oh, no.

No, no.

Yeah, well, he did do that, yeah.

He was a cruel man, but fair.

For us, they defined English comedy.

Since then, I've learned

there's another kind--

A sort of music-hall comedy,

but for us, they were always--

They were English comedy.

What's going on here, then?

Ah, "You have beautiful thighs."


He hit me.

"Drop your panties, sir William.

I cannot wait till lunchtime."


My nipples explode with delight.

Monty who?

Monty Python?


Monty Python?

Oh, you mean the rock group.

And now...

Oh, my god.

Your roses or your life.


Your costumes didn't do you any good.

Oh, my god, there's some documentary--

This is a fly on the wall.

That's club sh*t.

This is a fly on the wall.

"Fly on the wall" camera.

They're doing a documentary.

They don't want us to

notice they're here.

Just be perfectly natural.

Be absolutely natural.

Um... How are you?

I live in Germany. That's right.

I do comedy in Germany for a living.

Stop it!

Does anybody know the way?

Yes, I believe you.


George Harrison has always--

His theory is that we took over

the spirit of the beatles,

'cause we started

just as they finished.

Whatever that spirit was,

we were the ones that carried it on.

There's a lovely anecdote

told to us about a man

who'd been in the northeast.

In early Python days, we weren't

necessarily networked,

and he sat down,

and the Python show he was watching

started with this man

walking along one of the

Roman walls up in Cumbria

and going on about it.

He was a particularly silly man

with a particularly silly voice,

and this guy laughed

and laughed and laughed.

Then he began to think the sketch

was going on rather a long time.

Eventually he realized

it wasn't Python at all.

It was a local program.

It seems to me that it was a...

It was basically getting out hatreds

and dislikes of a certain

bourgeois structure of life

with which one had grown up--

The repressive English upbringing

where you weren't

really supposed to laugh

and make fun of things.

It wasn't satirizing individuals

in government or in politics.

Um, if there is any satire in Python,

it's in a more sort

of general sense,

you know, a sort of

generalized human level

rather than specifics.

Last week on party hints,

I showed you how to make

a small plate of goulash

go around 26 people,

how to get the best

out of your canapes,

and how to unblock your loo.

This week-- what to do if there's

an armed communist uprising

near your home when

you're having a party.

All the Pythons came from very

comfortable middle-class existences,

and so the rebellion, such as it was,

was not a curse against madly off-key

and probably into becoming

sort of, uh...

kitchen-sink dramatists

with a very short life.

Um, and sort of our, if you like,

our sort of reaction

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