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Thursday, February 14, 2013

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

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

Synopsis: Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as 'the dead on from Monty Python,' writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A Liar's Autobiography. He was born, he went to Cambridge and met John Cleese, he smoked a pipe, he became a doctor, he became a Python, he decided we was gay (well, 70/30, according to a survey he did on himself), he got drunk a lot, he stopped being drunk, he made some films, he had some sex (actually, a lot), and moved to Los Angeles. Finally, he was whisked up to space by aliens (although that might have been in a film). 

Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989, he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book, A Liar's Autobiography - and those recordings have now ingeniously been used to provide Chapman's voice for the animated feature of the same name. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam also turn up, playing themselves and other characters, along with a few surprise guests. 

Not a documentary, not a Monty Python film, A Liar's Autobiography is Chapman's own take on his bizarre life and his search for self-knowledge. Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True? Who knows?

Review: Oh, dear god...why are you even reading this review?  Have you not SEEN Monty Python?  This animated feature is taken from the last known audio recordings by the genius that was Graham Chapman (Yellowbeard).  They made his audio book into a brilliant animated feature that is not only insightful and fun, but perhaps one of the most hilarious things I've seen in ages.  You MUST own this.  Now!

Interest Range: Documentary, Monty Python