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Noted in Passing: Monty Python’s 42 yrs old Prediction of Nowadays Insane Public Discourse

Shakespeare asked, “Canst thou not minister to minds diseased, pluck from the memories a rooted sorrow, raze out the written troubles of their brain?”

And we were forced to answer, “Can’t minister to minds as diseased as theirs are since they have no minds left to minister to in the first place.”

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  • gwbnyc November 24, 2021, 12:16 PM

    Brava!

  • Mike Austin November 24, 2021, 12:33 PM

    Had this been filmed yesterday, all four would be in prison, all their wealth would be confiscated and all would be for all time unemployable.

    • TwoDogs November 24, 2021, 1:47 PM

      Like Blazing Saddles, another movie that couldn’t be made today. This scene, anyway.

    • Tree Mike November 25, 2021, 6:10 AM

      Except for Loretta, what a brave pioneer!

  • gw November 24, 2021, 3:35 PM

    Reality, no problem, just reimagine.

  • Mike Austin November 24, 2021, 3:53 PM

    Yep. Imagine this being filmed today:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pADDn0qm3M

    • julie November 24, 2021, 4:00 PM

      Full scale riots, boycotts of anything Mel Brooks and the entire cast had ever created, death threats, and Cleavon Little would be called out as an Uncle Tom white supremacist because reasons.

  • Skorpion November 24, 2021, 4:27 PM

    The Pythons were all Oxbridge grads who’d witnessed the birth of IdPol, and the surreal rhetoric that always accompanies it, in Sixties elite UK circles. Often comedians are better prognosticators of where a society is heading than self-appointed “futurists”.

    • gwbnyc November 25, 2021, 4:58 AM

      too, they like others their ages were steeped in “Goon Show” BBC radio broadcasts hence the delivery.

      partial founding cast:

      Milligan and Harry Secombe became friends while serving in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. Famously, Milligan first encountered Secombe after Gunner Milligan’s artillery unit accidentally allowed a large howitzer to roll off a cliff, under which Secombe was sitting in a small wireless truck: “Suddenly there was a terrible noise as some monstrous object fell from the sky quite close to us. There was considerable confusion, and in the middle of it all the flap of the truck was pushed open and a young, helmeted idiot asked ‘Anybody see a gun?’ It was Milligan.”[8] Secombe’s answer to that question was “What colour was it?”

  • Mike Austin November 24, 2021, 4:43 PM

    Cleavon Little—the sheriff in “Blazing Saddles”—was first in “Vanishing Point”, a movie as full of testosterone as any ever filmed. If you like fast cars, uppity negroes and incompetent cops, then check it out. A taste:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-8bQbn8Eu8

    • ghostsniper November 24, 2021, 6:57 PM

      If you didn’t see it back then, you should see the follow up to VP with at the time, was one of the best car chase scenes ever filmed. I’m talking about “Fear is the Key” (1972) where Barry Newman runs a red 1972 Ford Torino all the way to hell and lands it on a barge. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068576/

      Unbelievably this film is not on disc and I searched and searched for it. I finally found it on a website and downloaded several apps in an effort to steal it and was finally successful but I had to do it in 2 pieces. I do have VP on disc, the original, not the remake as I read that it was terrible.

      • Vanderleun November 25, 2021, 7:19 AM

        Right here, Sniper:

  • Tom Hyland November 24, 2021, 7:45 PM

    This twisted and delusional confessional presented by the Pythons, and the knee jerk reaction, simple human awareness, albeit the opinion of the majority, is how the world has gotta spin. Wait out the madness to subside. It’s going to be a bumpy ride, but there’s no way you want to miss where this is going. What a time.

  • booger November 25, 2021, 8:52 AM

    The good ole days. Bravo!

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