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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(1975)

It would be difficult to pick my favourite between this and Life of Brian, although this big screen Python definitely embraces the TV series sketch format more fully with its vignette approach. And its disinterest in anything approaching a coherent storyline is evident from the final scene.

Gilliam and Jones (one suspects more Gilliam) ensure the medieval milieu is convincingly grimy and atmospheric, the kind of attention rarely paid in comedies (you only have to witness Cleese cheerily whinging about the amount of time setting up shots on the contemporary Film Night to see that this approach wasn't welcomed by all). 

Difficult to pick a favourite scene; the Black Knight, French guard and Killer Rabbit are classics, but the one that gets me every time is Lancelot's attack on Swamp Castle.

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