Monty Python's "Life of Brian" 40th Anniversary


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Apr 23 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Apr 23 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:40th Anniversary Event
Release Year:1979
Run Time:94 minutes
Production Country:United Kingdom
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Terry Jones
Cast:Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Terry Jones


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to join theaters around the world to present a one-night only 40th Anniversary screening of Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” on Tuesday, April 23 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Returning to cinemas for its 40th Anniversary — in glorious standard definition and mono-sound — Monty Python delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with their 1979 feature film “Life of Brian”.

Highly controversial upon its original release and banned in several countries, the film is now frequently ranked as the greatest comedy feature of all time by magazines and media outlets around the world.  As Monty Python member Terry Gilliam says, “It rips bare and makes you laugh at the world we’ve created for ourselves.”

Set in 33 A.D. Judea, where exasperated Romans are trying to impose some order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe in them. At its center is Brian Cohen, a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire Monty Python ensemble (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling, to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion.