Fridays in Lent: The Life of Brian

LifeofbrianfilmposterOne does forget that not everybody is aware of certain cultural icons. On one hand, I cannot name a single Justin Bieber song off the top of my head. Couldn’t tell you the identity of a single member of One Direction, even though I saw them on some morning show this past summer while getting physical therapy.

On the other hand, one of my colleagues, who’s in her early 30s, made a casual reference to the 1979 Monty Python film The Life of Brian in front of one of our interns, who’s probably in her mid-20s. No glint of recognition whatsoever.

So I sent to her a snippet that always makes me laugh, What have the Romans ever done for us, and that classic tune <a Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, a song that pretty much ended the London Olympics in 2012.

The controversy over this movie at the time of release continues to amaze/amuse me. The character Brian is CLEARLY not Jesus, established very early on. Yes, there WERE other would-be messiahs in Jesus’ time. I just bought this movie on DVD in the last year or two, and will have to watch it again soon. Maybe not next week, but soon.

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