Monty Python and The Holy Grail
King Arthur has
coconuts, and no-one in
This is rather
like the banquet scene in Wyler’s The Best Years of Our Lives. “We
didn’t take that hill, and we lost the war.” An unintended
consequence of History’s End (the historian dies, as it were, off the
record) is that the quest for the Holy Grail was never accomplished, and
The subsidiary reasons are given at great length and in many, many details. Opposition from the Black Knight or the Black Beast is easily overcome, laughably so. Britons, however, when they are not talking shop politics or hitting themselves in the face devotedly, can’t tell a witch from roast duck.
wassailing in Camelot with his knights (who nonetheless leave their mark on Mel
Brooks’ History of the World: Part I), and is put on the quest by
God. The king besieges a
Sir Robin, Sir Galahad and Sir Lancelot face tests of manhood in their tales. The Knights Who Say “Ni” demand a shrubbery, and then another shrubbery (the book lady from Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451 resists). “Ni” is the word, and “It” the counter response.
The police investigate the crime scene, follow the case with the historian’s widow.
Tim the Enchanter
hurls fire from his fingertips, leads Arthur and his knights to the holy cave
guarded by a killer rabbit that is “blown to tiny bits” with the
Holy Grenade. Carven on the wall of the cave are “the last words of
Joseph of Arimathea”. They lead beyond the