When The Life of Brian was first released in 1979 it was hailed by most as Monty Python’s finest parody and denounced by a few as the most blasphemous film of all time. But, with it’s infinitely quotable script and unforgettable song, ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’, it has gone on to become an enduring cult classic.
‘Bad taste of this order is rare but not yet dead…It is the foulest spoken biblical epic ever made, as well as the best humoured – a non-stop orgy of assaults, not on anyone’s virtue, but on the funny bone.’ New York Times
I have never come across such a foul, disgusting, blasphemous film before…I’d be overjoyed to see this film sent back to where it was produced…hell.’ Rabbi Abaraham hecht
Deliriously tasteless…Pontius Pilate cannot pronounce his r’s, and his boyfriend Biggus Dickus has a distinct lisp…It is much more a satire on Hollywood religious films than on religion itself.’ Guardian
‘It is now the obligation of all persons of cultivation to recognise contemptuous, anti-religious sentiment of this sort and to separate themselves from it personally as a matter of principle.’ The Roman Archdioceses of New York
‘Much more fun than reading the Bible.’ James Behan, Cricklewood
‘Hurray for blasphemy’ New Statesmen