ByNovember 15, 1999
Great comedy cannot be confined within normally accepted boundaries of taste and sensitivity. The essence of the Pythons was that they were always ready to take on formidable, daunting subjects . . . Read more »
After slaying the Arthurian legend in their now classic Holy Grail, the Pythons set their sights on the Greatest Story Ever Told. Blind faith, virgin birth, crucifixion—nothing is sacred in this epic send-up of ancient times, which draws on the cornball biblical blockbusters of the 1950s to lampoon celebrity culture in any era. Criterion has gathered the guilty parties—including John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin—for two commentary tracks as provocative and hilarious as the film itself.
|Executive producers||George Harrison and Denis O'Brien|
|Design and animation||Terry Gilliam|
|Art director||Roger Christian|
|Costume design||Hazel Pethig and Charles Knode|
|Makeup and hairdressing||Maggie Weston and Elaine Carew|