More Palin – Michael Palin, That Is

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

This other Palin has been around for a while, re-imagining himself in a variety of roles from being a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe to being one of television’s foremost world travelers. Trace his career with the help of these DVDs available from The Kansas City Public Library.

A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda
An American flirts with a crook, a barrister and a mercenary to find diamonds in London. This movie garnered a Best Supporting Oscar for Kevin Kline.

John Cleese on How to Irritate People
With the help of Connie Booth, Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor, and Python pals Michael Palin and Graham Chapman, Cleese demonstrates the uncanny ability to keep his victims just the right temperature under the collar--one degree below boiling point!

Michael Palin's New Europe. Disc 1—3
Cut off for most of the author's life by Cold Wars and Iron Curtains, Europe's eastern lands are now open for business--and Palin sets off to discover them.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
England's looniest comedy team makes delicious mincemeat out of Arthurian lore. Monty Python and the Holy Grail sends up every medieval cliche from the Round Table to the Black Plague, expanding on material created for the groundbreaking TV series.

Monty Python's Life of Brian
The crown princes of British comedy are at it again -- this time, in a send-up of the life and times of Jesus Christ. Perhaps the most controversial (and offensive, to some) Python film, Life of Brian tells the tall tale of a peasant boy born the same night as the Christ child -- in an adjoining stable. Laughs mount as their lives increasingly intersect.

Time Bandits
Cosmic dwarfs take a boy on an odyssey featuring Robin Hood, Napoleon, and King Agamemnon.

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