The Torbay Council in South Devon, UK, has finally lifted the ban on the Monty Python film, Life of Brian. Local authorities gave the film an X rating back in 1980.
The Torbay Council in South Devon, UK, has finally lifted the ban on the Monty Python film, Life of Brian. Local authorities gave the film an X rating back in 1980 when the film was first released, deeming it blasphemous and offensive to religious cgroups.
The council have finally lifted restrictions after the film was voted Favourite Film by fans on the English Riviera International Comedy Festival Website.
Torbay Mayor Nick Bye commented: “The world has moved on. I have not seen the film but I welcome it.”
The film, which stars comedy icons John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle tells the tale of a Jew from Nazareth who is mistaken by the Romans as the Messiah and winds up crucified.
At the time the Monty Python actors said the film was a spoof on religious obsession and epic swords and sandal flicks popular in Hollywood of old…
In a side note, actress Sue Jones-Davies, who played Brian’s girlfriend Judith in the film is trying to have a similar ban on the film lifted in Aberystwyth, the Welsh town where she is now mayor.