četvrtak, 6. rujna 2012.

A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

Novi filmski projekt montipajtonovaca! Film je miks 14  animacijskih stilova. "Najbolji film u kojem sam glumio otkad sam umro" - kaže Chapman unutar samog filma. Možda bi mogao imati pravo. Mogao bi to biti i najbolji film koji sam vidio nakon što sam umro.
Film je napravljen prema istoimenoj Chapmanovoj knjiškoj (neistinitoj) autobiografiji iz 1980.

The story is a heady mixture of wild invention and outrageous honesty from a man who was a medical student, actor, alcoholic, heterosexual groupie, guzzler, and a homosexual coming to terms with himself.

Monty Python have begun production on their first reunion project since The Meaning of Life in 1983.

Their next film, A Liar's Autobiography, is an animated 3D movie based on the memoir of the late Python member, Graham Chapman, who died in 1989 at the age of 48.
The film will use Chapman's own voice - from a reading of his autobiography shortly before he died of cancer - and entertainment channel EPIX announced today that the film will be released in spring 2012 in both 2D and 3D formats.
Produced and directed by London-based Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson, the new film has 15 animation companies working on chapters that will range from three to 12 minutes in length, each in a different style.
Simpson said: “Creatively, the different styles reflect the stages in Graham’s life. Also, it saves us a lot of time.”
A Liar’s Autobiography was published in 1980 and details Chapman's journey through medical school, alcoholism, acknowledgement of his gay identity and the toils of surreal comedy.
Asked what was true in a deliberately fanciful account by Chapman of his life, Python Terry Jones joked: "Nothing . . . it’s all a downright, absolute, blackguardly lie."
John Cleese, who met Chapman at Cambridge University, has recorded new dialogue which will be matched with Chapman’s voice, captured long ago and Michael Palin will voice Chapman’s mother and father.
Terry Gilliam plays various roles. Among the original Python group, only Eric Idle has not become involved, though Timlett said the filmmakers are “working on” him.
In 2009, Cleese, Palin, Jones, Eric Idle and Gilliam received a special Bafta at a special New York screening of a new documentary about the Pythons.
Monty Python's Flying Circus, the television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969, ran for 45 episodes over four series. - The Telegraph

A Liar's Autobiography, Volume VI, by Graham Chapman

'It's the Magna Carta and Valley of the Dolls all rolled into one...' - Michael Palin

Graham Chapman, who died in October 1989, reveals in his autobiography what it was like to be part of the revolutionary and zany Monty Python team.

Required reading for Monty Python fans, this true and false memoir is Graham Chapman's own hilarious account of his life as a Python and as a homosexual. The book equals Joe Orton's famous Diaries in providing an unblushing account of a gay lifestyle linked to entertainment.

Full of outrageous fictions and touching truths, in telling surreal and outrageous lies Graham Chapman often uncovers a truth about himself and colleagues.

The story it relates of the author – whether as mountaineer or medical student (he was a doctor); actor or alcoholic (he was both); heterosexual groupie-guzzler or homosexual coming to terms with himself (bit of both) – form a surreal and crowded mosaic that is funny, disturbing and moving by turns. A minor cult classic by a major comic talent.

'It is, as one critic put it, an "intercoursingly good book".'
(A Fleet Street Hack)

  Project Chapman 3D       bonus:   The five best Monty Python sketches

Are these the funniest sketches by the British comedy group, who have announced their first reunion project since 1983?

By Florence Waters

The Visitors, 1969

Graham Chapman is the earnest and extremely serious Victor who has initiated a romantic sofa moment with Iris when they get a stream of loud and unlikely guests. It's a wonderful parody of the English feigning politeness in an attempt to get away with bullish indiscretion and invasiveness. John Cleese's gung-ho delivery of some clumsily frank lines ("Well how are you, you great poof?") are magnificent.

Dead Parrot, 1969

In the most famous of all the Python sketches John Cleese returns to a pet shop to give an eloquent and sarcastic tirade at a salesman who has sold him a dead bird nailed to a perch. He goes to great lengths to demonstrate that Polly is not just "tired and shagged out after a long squawk" and uses 12 euphemisms for dead in his impressively animated but fruitless demonstration.

Gay Policeman, 1972

An exploration of sexual undercurrent.

The Milk Man, 1969

A simple, delightful joke which all hangs on suspense; no words, just Michael Palin's whistling milk man and the brillant crescendoing backing track as he eagerly climbs the stairs...

Spam, 1970

A waitress and a customer in a greasy spoon cafe have an argument about the choice of food, as hungry vikings watch on. The trouble is that Spam is in just about everything on the menu (among items is "Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce, served in a Provençale manner with shallots and aubergines, garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried egg on top and Spam"). When the sketch was first broadcast in 1970 the end credits were changed so every member of the crew has either Spam or some other food item from the menu added to their names.

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