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Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) dir. Terry Jones
In the late 1960s, a British comedy group known as Monty Python burst onto the scene with their surreal comedy sketches and slapstick humor. Members included John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin. By 1979, the troupe had released their second film, Monty Python's Life of Brian, about a young Jewish man who is wrongfully identified as Jesus Christ. The film's devout undertones and religious satire were heavily criticized at the time of its release, but the film still resonated with audiences and was a huge success at the box office.