Recognized as one of the greatest comedy films of all time, this 1974 parody of the sixth century quest to find the Holy Grail stars Monty Python regulars Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin as King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Belvedere, and Sir Galahad. Hilariously low budget, the slapstick comedy employs sound-effect coconuts to emulate thundering horses’ hooves, and features a real “Killer Rabbit” which battles the knights.
The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog, or the Legendary Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh, named for the final utterance of anyone who ever saw it, faces off against King Arthur and his knights in a major battle. According to Monty Python lore, the idea for the scene was taken from an illustration on the façade of Notre Dame de Paris, which illustrates the weakness of cowardice by depicting a knight fleeing from a rabbit. In another pivotal scene in the film, the Knights of the Round Table attempt to breech a French castle via a Trojan Rabbit, yet they forget to hide inside before it’s brought inside the castle keep.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is presented in conjunction with Intrude, an exhibition on view outside the Brooks in late January 2017.
Directors: Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones | UK | 1974 | 91 minutes
$9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.
Tickets are available online until 2:30 pm the day of the screening or 2:30 pm on Friday for weekend matinees. Tickets are also available at Visitor Services, or by calling 901.544.6208 during regular business hours. Unsold tickets are also available in the rotunda immediately preceding a screening.
About Brooks Outside: Intrude
Intrude consists of five giant illuminated inflatable rabbits, the largest of which is approximately 23 feet high, 10 feet wide and 16 feet long. Created by Australian artist Amanda Parer (b. 1971), this installation first appeared at Vivid Festival of Light in Sydney and has traveled to the United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Scotland, Denmark, Italy, and Belgium.
On view at the Brooks January 18 – 22 and 25 – 29, Intrude explores the natural world, its fragility, and our role within it. Rabbits in Parer’s native Australia are out of control pests, leaving a trail of ecological destruction wherever they go and defying attempts at eradication. First introduced by white settlers in 1788 they have caused a great imbalance to the country’s endemic species.
The rabbit also is an animal of contradiction. It represents the fairytale animal from our childhood—a furry innocence, frolicking through idyllic fields. Intrude deliberately evokes this image, and a strong visual humor, to lure you into the artwork only to reveal the more serious environmental messages behind it.