Monty Python Stanley Kauffmann - Essay

Stanley Kauffmann

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail … is neither as sparkling as it is said to be nor as bad as it seems to be at the start. But it's pretty good—thus, as British phenomena go these days, exceptional….

The previous Python film, And Now for Something Completely Different … had the hijinks ebullience of university humor, than which jinks there is none higher, and was a series of skits that hit or missed. Holy Grail is a series of skits on one general theme, so is disguised as an organic story. It too has hits and misses. When it hits, it makes some clear statements of national humor….

Leg-pull is the British term, and the pleasant glow of the leg-pull,...

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