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March 24, 2004

Life of Brian to go head to head with Passion

-24/3/04

Monty Python's film The Life of Brian is to return to US cinemas next month as "counter-programming" to Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ'.

The Biblical satire will be re-released in Los Angeles, New York and other US cities to mark its 25th anniversary, reports the BBC.

Adverts will challenge Mel Gibson's blockbuster with the lines "Mel or Monty?", "The Passion or the Python?"

The Life of Brian follows a Jewish character from Nazareth who is worshipped as the Messiah, a position he tries to get himself out of, before he is crucified by the Romans.

It was condemned as blasphemous before its original release, although Monty Python said it was intended as a spoof on Bible films and intolerance rather than Christianity.

Over the last 25 years the film has also become a favourite with some Christians.

Distributor Rainbow said it hoped the film would "serve as an antidote to all the hysteria about Mel's movie".

Rainbow president Henry Jaglom said: "We decided this is an important time to re-release this film, to provide some counter-programming to The Passion."

He said the surviving members of the Monty Python comedy team "all agreed this was a good time" to bring back the film and would help promote it.

Mr Jaglom, whose partner John Goldstone produced the original film, said trailers for the comedy would start to appear in cinemas on Good Friday.

Life of Brian to go head to head with Passion

-24/3/04

Monty Python's film The Life of Brian is to return to US cinemas next month as "counter-programming" to Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ'.

The Biblical satire will be re-released in Los Angeles, New York and other US cities to mark its 25th anniversary, reports the BBC.

Adverts will challenge Mel Gibson's blockbuster with the lines "Mel or Monty?", "The Passion or the Python?"

The Life of Brian follows a Jewish character from Nazareth who is worshipped as the Messiah, a position he tries to get himself out of, before he is crucified by the Romans.

It was condemned as blasphemous before its original release, although Monty Python said it was intended as a spoof on Bible films and intolerance rather than Christianity.

Over the last 25 years the film has also become a favourite with some Christians.

Distributor Rainbow said it hoped the film would "serve as an antidote to all the hysteria about Mel's movie".

Rainbow president Henry Jaglom said: "We decided this is an important time to re-release this film, to provide some counter-programming to The Passion."

He said the surviving members of the Monty Python comedy team "all agreed this was a good time" to bring back the film and would help promote it.

Mr Jaglom, whose partner John Goldstone produced the original film, said trailers for the comedy would start to appear in cinemas on Good Friday.

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