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Monty Python cast reunites at Tribeca Film Festival

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 01:09

Surviving members of British comedy group Monty Python unite at the Tribeca Film Festival to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their cult classic film ''Monty Python and the Holy Grail.'' Rough cut (No reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Surviving members of British comedy group Monty Python -- Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam - held a press conference in New York on Friday (April 24) ahead of the 40th anniversary screening of the 1975 cult classic film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Tribeca Film Festival is hosting a special "Monty Python week-end," kicking off on Friday night with the screening of "the Holy Grail." When asked why they chose to come to New York for the event, member Eric Idle said: "This is where we opened it 40 years ago. I think it was the first time I have ever been to New York. We came to New York and they had it." "The Holy Grail" is a comedy film written and performed by the troupe and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It is loosely based on the legend of King Arthur and his quest to find the Holy Grail. But instead of riding actual horses the Pythons pretend to have imaginary horses, their gallops accompanied by the clopping sounds of coconuts. While the film was a success, grossing the highest of any British film exhibited in the U.S., in 1975 it needed some help initially. "Don Rugoff of legendary fame had Cinema II and he bought it and he put it on and they had a little guy, two guys, they paid for two guys, two actors out of work, were dressed up in Arthurian robes and going up and down Fifth Avenue with a guy with coconuts behind," Idle recalled about the first screening. "And they had a little sign saying 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail, free coconuts for the first 1,000 guests who come to the screening at 11 o' clock in the morning at Cinema II.' And we were woken at eight, and they are saying: 'You have got to get up.' 'What do you mean?' 'Well, there is 2,000 surrounding Cinema II waiting for free coconuts.' " The Pythons debuted with a sketch comedy show that aired on the BBC in 1969. As their popularity grew the scope of their repertoire grew as well to include stage shows, films books and a stage musical. They are often cited as being one of the biggest influencers of the comedy genre. The Tribeca Film Festival will screen two other Python features over the week-end, "Life of Brian" and "Meaning of Life" and premiere the new documentary "Monty Python-The Meaning of Life".

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Monty Python cast reunites at Tribeca Film Festival

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 01:09