Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of the greatest comedies ever made, but it’s also set in medieval times, with swordfights, bloody battles, hostility, and blood to spare. So it isn’t much of a stretch to envision it as a dark and intense drama, like CineFix does here.
One of Monty Python’s best sketches was the one between Michael Palin and John Cleese at the Argument Clinic. Here, Palin’s role is assumed by a vintage Dectalk Express, and Cleese’s by an Intex Talker, with its futuristic Votrax SC-01A chip. Because internet.
Given the fact that Monty Python & The Holy Grail is just 91 minutes long, it’s shocking that they cut out 14 minutes of Terry Gilliam’s animation. To celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary, Gilliam walks us through the cut footage, with his typically wry delivery.