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    Saturday, April 07, 2007

    Rare Monty Python PBS footage from 1975

    A re-discovered video from PBS station KERA-TV in Dallas allows us to travel back in time to 1975! This was the time of Watergate, the end of the Vietnam War, and plenty of world violence on a daily basis. No computers, cell phones, internet or cable TV, either. A simpler, but no less uncertain time.

    Just as the modern people of today seek entertainment to forget their worldly troubles, the quirky Britishness of Monty Python resonated with many children and adults of the 70's. And their influence on American cinema and entertainment had such dramatic and lasting effects, it has been compared to the effect that the Beatles had on music.

    Thirty years later, who doesn't recognize the opening theme song of the Flying Circus? Who has not ordered spam-spam-spam from the local diner?
    Who expects the Spanish Inquisition? What one of us has not said "NI"? Python humor is now so pervasive, it's almost impossible to escape.

    This rescued footage, discovered on an old reel that had been saved by an engineer, contains some things that would raise eyebrows even now in these jaded modern times. In fact, it's even a bit racy.


    A big fat thank you to the The Sound of Young America, a public radio show about things that are awesome, for providing this footage!

    Thankfully they stayed independent, without the large media influences that control much of today's entertainment industry. But, there is a new breed of fans who create their own movies from Python footage. Here's one fans' view of what might have happened if The Holy Grail had come out of a modern Hollywood. Still funny, but completely different.

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