The result is a unique eyewitness account that reveals the Pythons at work and at play in a way that nothing else written about them could do. Now, for the first time ever, the inside story of the making of the film is revealed through the fly-on-the-castle-wall perspective. Even the most diehard fans will get a fresh take on the comedy greats through some never-before-revealed nuggets of Python brilliance: what John Cleese offered to exchange for suntan lotion; Terry Jones directing in drag; Michael Palin's secret to playing revolutionaries and peasants; Graham Chapman gets naked; Terry Gilliam gets filthy; Eric Idle haggles; the secret of the Thespo-Squat; Mrs. Pilate; talk of George Harrison; the cake-flinging that jeopardized the production; badminton, impromptu cricket, and erotic frescoes; and the first-ever presentation of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."
Here, uncensored, are the legendary Pythons in their prime. It was a period of comedy history that will never be duplicated, and Monty Python's Tunisian Holiday captures the wit, the genius, and the sheer silliness of the six men that comprised Python.
©2008 Kim "Howard" Johnson; (P)2008 Tantor
"Indispensable for Python fans, this book should also appeal to film buffs in general." (Library Journal)
"If anyone can remember more about making the Life of Brian than me, it's Kim 'Howard' Johnson....While the rest of us were fighting to upstage each other, Howard had a notebook hidden in his toga." (Michael Palin)
No I would not. This isn't really a story, but more of a journal of a man's personal day, and not one of the python's day, just a random guy's day.
If you wrote a book about your spring break vacation with your friends, it would be about as interesting. I laughed once and don't think I even smiled after that. He stresses that the work of making a movie is very tedious, and his book reflects that.
I'll admit that I gave up after 2 1/2 hours, and maybe some day I'll try it again, but I can't imagine that they would have wasted the first 1/2 of a book only to make the next half suddenly more interesting.
The narrators actually do some pretty great impressions and are by the best part of the book.
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