The First 280 Years of Monty Python
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The First 280 Years of Monty Python

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The ultimate guide for Python fans is back, newly revised for the nineties. The years since the publication of the first edition have brought a great deal of change for the Python alumni-most notably most celebrated postgraduate successes: A Fish Called Wanda, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, and Disney's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

This revised edition also contains all of the orig
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 19th 1999 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 15th 1989)
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Jill Hutchinson
The appeal of Monty Python's Flying Circus continues to draw people to this eccentric, irreverent, and hilarious group of British maniacs. The television program is still playing in re-runs after all these years and finding new fans. This book covers the first 20 years of the group with profiles of each member and those of their continuing supporting cast; photos; and a synopsis and script of each program. Back in the day, phrases from the program found their way into everyday language; i.e. "It...more
I picked this book up when I was in high school, right around the time they started re-broadcasting Flying Circus on channel 13. I'd set the VCR to tape the episodes when they came on at midnight, then watch them while getting ready for school. This book served as a great companion to the series, especially when there were jokes I didn't quite get, and it made me an even bigger Python fan.
Whilst a very strong recommendation for anyone who loves Python and likes to have a comprehensive library of related materials, the text of this book is far less interesting than the photography. Johnson is very much the fan-boy enthusing over almost anything and everything covered in the book and lacks the writing skill as well as the ability to put his rabid enthusiasm aside now and again. The re-telling of sketch after sketch, episode after episode is redundant though there are some interesti...more
Keith Parrish
I picked this off my bookshelf after re-viewing the complete Monty Python's Flying Circus series on DVD recently. In reading back through it now, I realize that this book, written by someone who was a fan before an author was rather shallow. It does give some insights into the origins of the show, but then fails to really examine any kind of influence the show, movies, or group had. Although the book can't be faulted for this, it is rather frustrating having the scope end in the late '80's. A fo...more
One of the first Python books I ever got and still one I enjoy.
An essential book to fully appreciating all that Python has to offer. It has a fully comprehensive episode guide listing all sketches in detail with MANY sidebars full of trivia, pre- and post-Python history of all members, all about the films, all about the books, all about the albums! Nothing has surpassed this book in terms of Python trivia and knowledge, fans will read it over and over again.
Keith Davis
An amusing if overly cute history of Monty Python written by a guy who was essentially a celebrity stalker of the group before celebrities realized they should be afraid of such people and therefor was able to become a friend of several members of the group.
Lots of good info, but obviously outdated since it was published before Graham Chapman's death. I will be interested to see the one being published soon with more episode annotations.
Tina Thompson
Very thorough walk through of every episode and movie. Lots of dishy behind the scenes Pepperpots vs. Gumbies action.
I love this book and all the fun and the craziness of the Pythons!
hard to find, but a must for any self-respecting python fan.
a good anthology of monty mishaps.
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