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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Barry Gerber. Aero Theatre (c) 2004.

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<< September 16 - 17, 2006 >>>

Monty Python Weekend


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This series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!


Spiritual heirs to "The Goon Show" and "That Was The Week That Was," two other ongoing pioneering and irreverent UK comedy reviews from the 1950’s and 1960’s respectively, "Monty Python’s Flying Circus" started as a television show in 1969. It grew exponentially in popularity with each passing year until finally, in 1971, the first Monty Python movie appeared, AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. British comedy would never be the same again. Drawing on the genius of its members (including Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, to name only the proverbial few), the movies came at intervals every several years, even after the original, legendary television series went off the air in 1973. Here is a smattering of the very cream of the frothy crop, including the outrageous LIFE OF BRIAN and MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE.



Saturday, September 16 – 7:30 PM

Brand New Print! MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, 1975, Rainbow Releasing, 91 min. Dirs. Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones. Python's $250,000 epic features Graham Chapman as King Arthur, John Cleese as Sir Lancelot the Brave and Eric Idle as Sir Robin The-Not-Quite-So-Brave. From the limb-impaired Black Knight, the immortal Knights who say Ni, killer rabbits, the Black Beast of Aarrgghh, and the extremely rude Frenchman, HOLY GRAIL is one of the most beloved and quoted cult classics.

LIFE OF BRIAN, 1979, Rainbow Releasing, 94 min. Directed by Monty Python’s naked piano player Terry Jones on the remains of the sets from Zeffirelli's JESUS OF NAZARETH. Graham Chapman stars as Brian, Jesus' next-door neighbor, in one of the most hilariously dangerous comedies ever. A combination of Mel Brooks, the Marx Brothers, and Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason. Blessed are the Cheesemakers?



Sunday, September 17 – 6:30 PM

MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE, 1983, Universal, 107 min. Dir. Terry Jones. Grand Prix winner at the Cannes Film Festival. Includes a first look at Terry Gilliam's (BRAZIL, 12 MONKEYS) innovative directorial style with the gorgeously surreal opening short "Crimson Permanent Assurance." Pushing comedy boundaries to their extreme, the cast of Monty Python sing, dance and vomit their way into retirement. Featuring, without a doubt, the greatest musical number about birth control in film history.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, 1971, Sony Repertory, 81 min. Dir. Ian McNaughton. A big-screen version of the greatest skits from the shows first two seasons. Who can ever forget "The Lumberjack Song," "How Not to be Seen," and "Hell’s Grannies"? Again featuring the mad genius of Terry Gilliam's collage animation.