Picks and Pans Review: Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

UPDATED 08/09/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/09/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT

Released, unhappily, close on the heels of another Python performance film, The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, this offering reprises some of the English TV comedy troupe's best-known sketches. Captured at a four-day appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in 1980, and featuring the compleat Python (Graham Chapman, John Geese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin), Live at the Hollywood Bowl revisits such classic settings as the Ministry of Silly Walks and the Whizzo Chocolate Company—makers of that toothsome confection, crunchy frog. Here, too, is a Pope taking Michelangelo to task for his rendering of the Last Supper, which includes 28 disciples, a kangaroo and three Christs. The exasperated painter responds, "You want a bloody photographer is what you want." Screens set up on either side of the stage showed Gilliam's malevolent animated sequences as well as some funny filmed gags—for instance, a soccer game between the big names in Greek and German philosophy. This is really a film for those new to Python material, or for those diehards who can never get enough, even of something not completely different. (R)

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