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    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2008
     
    I found in Bradford the stone plate with titles of the movies, what was made in Bradford. One of them was "The meaning of life". Can somebody tell me, in which one part of Bradford was it made, and which one episode was it ? Good evening everybody, especially to Mr. Cleese.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2008
     
    Welcome, Raf! "The Meaning of Life" wasn't in an episode. It was a feature length film. If I understand you correctly, which I may not. I can't answer the other half of your question, but I'm sure someone else can.
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    Raf, my sources say they filmed in Lister Park, although I am not sure which segment this was. Why not rent a copy of the movie -- it is insanely funny and has a wonderful opening bit where a group of elderly accountants turn pirate, capture their office building, and set out to sea. Definitely worth seeing!
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2008
     
    There's a really gory part where they remove someone's liver without benefit of anesthetic--that caught me off guard when I first saw the movie. And there's the vomiting sketch, so don't watch it while or just after eating. But John is wonderful as Death, and Graham's song and dance number is incredible!
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2008
     
    Welcome here, RAF (is it for Royal Air Force or Raphael?)!
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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2008 edited
     
    welcome Raf...

    The Royal Airforce took my ex boyfriend away from me :cry: you bastard!

    Welcome by the way.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2008 edited
     
    Don't be alarmed, Raf--Lozzy doesn't really think you're a bastard. We're just a bunch of LOONIES here!
    :jumping: :crazy: :jumping: :crazy: :jumping: :crazy:
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2008
     
    Not Royal Air Forces... but Raphael... i'm Polish, so maybe that is the reason, that I didn't build the first question properly.
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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2008
     
    Hey Raf - you're not really a bastard.

    Nice to meet you.:bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2008
     
    I'm bastard sometimes.... but not here :P
    It's nice to meet you to :)
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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2008 edited
     
    Oh, well i'm a bastard sometimes and most of the time on here...but i'm nice really!

    Hope you enjoy your stay.

    I just made it sound like a hotel.
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2008
     
    Jersey_Lightning, I saw all of their movies :) "The meaning of life is perfectly. I love two segments, the first one about school, and this one, where we can see catholic and protestant families...
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2008
     
    Lozzykinz, i will stay here... I'm glad that I found this website :)
    • CommentAuthorKlara
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2008
     
    Hello and welcome, neighbor Raf!
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2008
     
    Thank you Klara :)
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2008
     
    Yes, Welcome - again!
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    Hey, Raf!

    I had almost forgotten about the Catholic/Protestant family sketch! I saw "Meaning of Life" in the theater when it came out (yes, I'm that old...) and it was the only time I've seen people actually walk out on a movie. Parents with young children (well, not that young!). Guess they were too embarrassed to hear about sex in front of their kids. Too bad. They should've stuck around for the Penis Song! :crazy:
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2008
     
    I saw pythons first time 16 years ago in Polish TV. I was 17 that time, the first one sketch what i saw, it was "Mice people", it was hard to understand in the begining, but enough interesting to keep me with them till this time.

    "Isn't it awfully nice to have a penis?
    Isn't it frightfully good to have a dong?"
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2008
     
    I saw it in a movie theater, too. The two scenes that made people leave were the "Give us your liver" bit and Mr. Creosote. A lot of people didn't like it because it was too good--they liked Python for seeming to be makeshift and cheap, and "Meaning of Life" looked too "slick". They said the Pythons had sold out. Others, like my boyfriend and me, were put off by the gore and screaming in the "Give us your liver" sketch. There was no laughter; you could have heard a pin drop in the theater (if not for the movie), and a few people got up and left. I laughed like a hyena at Mr. Creosote, and took it as a metaphor of the times: the greed and materialism that took us over in the 80s was being exposed for what it was. I thought John and Eric were terribly funny. My boyfriend, an aspiring actor in local theater and a huge John Cleese fan, just gasped with amazement at John's performance in that scene. I never really got why, but he was wonderful. 25 years later, I still laugh when I get a chocolate covered mint with the check at a restaurant, and hear John saying, "Oh, but Monsieur, it is only waffair theen!" The ending did make me gag, though. I'll bet the concession stands were vacant after that scene! LOL
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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2008 edited
     
    I didn't mind the 'can i have your liver?' sketch...i thought that was pretty funny and you can't beat the Mr Creosote sketch...

    But the rest was a bit...i don't know...worn out?

    I like some bits of the movie - i own it on dvd, but it is my least favourite Python related thing.

    Sorry, jack. He probably would agree though.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2008
     
    I think John said he's "always thought of it as a bit of a cock up". It's my least favorite, too. Seemed like their hearts weren't in it a lot of the time. Or maybe they'd succeeded so well in going where no comedians had gone before that the trail they blazed was now well-worn by those who came after, and their style wasn't considered as subversive and original anymore. I often have trouble identifying favorite Python bits, but my hands-down favorite Python film is "Life of Brian", despite the fact that I'm American and Americans tend to prefer "Holy Grail". Life of Brian is just better for a lot of reasons, imho.
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2008
     
    "Holy Grail" is good movie, it hard to compare it with "The Meaning of life" or "Life of Brian", cause they are just different....
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2008
     
    Interestingly, if you ask me which one is my favourite Python-movie, I say Life of Brian. But when I'm watching Holy Grail, I say that's my favourite, and if I'm watching Meaning of Life, in those moments that's my favourite... But of course, if I'm watching LOB, I have to say that's my main favourite... yet again... Well, life is a circle...!:bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2008
     
    hahaha.... I exactly have the same .... but today my favourite will be Monthy Python life at Holywood Bowl :P
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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2008 edited
     
    New question:

    Do you like to sit in trees?
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2008
     
    I love the Hollywood Bowl show! "Michelangelo", "Argument Clinic", "Silly Walks", Eric and John walking through the audience while Eric keeps spouting lines from "Travel Agent", Terry Jones' wig falling off in the penultimate sketch, everybody giggling (even John!) in that sketch. So many funny moments.

    I love to sit in trees, but it's hard to climb them now. When I lived in Massachusetts, I used to unwind by climbing as near the top as I could of an old oak tree (at least 30 feet, probably 40) and just sit and watch the world go by. Miss Thing takes after her mother--climbed about 30 or 40 feet up in a tall pine in our yard last Spring.
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2008 edited
     
    I haven't done it from time, when i was child.... I almost forgot, what kind of pleasure can it be.
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2008
     
    If we are talking about Hollywood bowl...
    Pope: Look! There were only twelve disciples at...

    Michelangelo: I've got it! I've got it! We'll call it "The Last But One Supper"!

    Pope: What?

    Michelangelo: Well there must have been one, if there was a last supper there must have been a one before that, so this, is the "Penultimate Supper"! The Bible doesn't say how many people were there now, does it?

    Pope: No, but...

    Michelangelo: Well there you are, then!

    Pope: Look! The last supper is a significant event in the life of our Lord, the penultimate supper was not! Even if they had a conjurer and a mariachi band. Now, a last supper I commissioned from you, and a last supper I want! With twelve disciples and one Christ!

    Michelangelo: One?!
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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2008
     
    The Hollywood Bowl is class.

    I like looking at the silly hairstyles the audience have. RETRO!
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    Eric has an incredible knack for getting the most out of a short line! That "ONE?!" gets the biggest laugh in the whole sketch. And all you have to say to some Python fans is "With a melon?" and they know exactly which sketch you mean. LOL!

    I found another version of the Michelangelo sketch on YouTube. I think it's from one of the Secret Policeman's balls. It has John as the Pope and some other guy as Michelangelo, and it's nowhere NEAR as funny. The other guy is practically phoning it in, imho.
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008 edited
     
    I was watching Hollywood Bowl today once more... on monday I'm going to start my holiday in Poland, do you know that Mr. Cleese was playing in marketing movie of one of polish banks. It was two short marketing movies, the second one was beautyfull. Studio was arranged as a tv quiz show, and Mr. Cleese was asking the player, what whe can everybody have quickly and absolutly free. It was about bank account. In the final, cause player was absolutly confused.. Mr. Cleese show him his mouth and he was talking very slowly "bank account".. and the answer was: everybody can be quickly and absolutly free heaten the face. After couple of seconds Mr. Cleese's reaction was something like this: We accept this answer ??!!! I'm sorry for grammar mistakes...
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    This one?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKej_mjAQc4

    I wish they'd translated the Polish guy's words into English. Can you do that, Raf? I'd love to know what he was saying. I know one of the answers was "Neon!", but the rest are a mystery.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008 edited
     
    Here's something about the making of the commercial. It's all in Polish. The only words I understood were "John Cleese". But it looks like it's telling about why they chose him to do the commercial.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocfQf8IM0pQ&feature=related
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    mrsthing, of course that i can... I will do it for you tommorow... there is no problem.
    • CommentAuthorKlara
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008 edited
     
    Csesc Raf, jak tam? You've already made some friends around here as I can see...
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    Czesc Klara, i'm fine... before my holiday :) It's nice to see polish language here :)
    • CommentAuthorKlara
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008 edited
     
    Niebende duzo Polskiego... I do speak Polish but I am absolutely unable to write in Polish. Preprasam.
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    Klara, you are the second english person, who surprised me polish language knowlege. The first one came to me in pub, because I sold beer to him at bradford bulls stadium during the match. He finished two polish classes in Manchester.
    • CommentAuthorKlara
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008 edited
     
    Sluchaj, Raf. Ja jestem z Ciech. I simply learned Polish. My Polish friends were amazing teachers!
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    Hmm.. so we are neighbours :) Three years ago, on the strawberries farm in Scotland I met a lot of people from Czech Republik :)
    • CommentAuthorKlara
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    Yes and no, I haven't lived there for a long time. I move about the world.
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    Last time i was living in Poland year ago... but i'm not going to be back....
    • CommentAuthorKlara
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008 edited
     
    I used to work for an international company in Budapest and I had a number of Polish colleagues there...
    Very nice people. They'd become my close friends and we still keep in touch. I was actually thinking about going
    to Poland and living there for a couple of months. Maybe one day...
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    At the lingo school, where I taught English, I had a Polish colleague. And one of my relative's wife is Polish. And when I attended a script writing class, I had a Czech classmate.
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    Some of us are ok, the same is in England.. but there is a lot of Polish people here... and sometimes it's hard for you to tell the world, that you are polish. Young polish people here are without any normal value in big percent...they are thinking, that if they are here... they are gods...
    • CommentAuthorKlara
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    Sluchaj Raf, tell me about the Python phenomenon in Poland. Do Poles like Monty Pythons? Are they crazy about Pythons?
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    It depence, a lot of people, who finished study in Poland, or who are during study ... yes... in this grup Pythons are very popular... it depence as well of this, that you like to practice your's brain... i know a lot of people in Poland, who likes Pythons, even there is sometimes hard to understand them...
    • CommentAuthorKlara
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    Oh, do you mean the language barrier?
    • CommentAuthorRaf
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008 edited
     
    No, in Poland you can watch every movie with subtitles... i just want to tell you, that Pythons are different than a lot of polish comedy groups or comedy movies... that's why not all of polish people can understand them... the reason is.. that not all of us want to change our way of thinking.
    • CommentAuthorKlara
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
     
    Talk to you later, Raf..