Monty Python doc “Meaning of Live” to screen at Tribeca

The documentary Monty Python - The Meaning of Live (pictured) will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival to mark the British comedy troupe's 40th anniversary.
March 11, 2015

A documentary about Monty Python will screen at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to mark the British comedy troupe’s 40th anniversary.

Directed by Roger Graef and James Rogan, Monty Python – The Meaning of Live will make its international premiere at the New York festival.

The film follows surviving members John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam (pictured, L-R) during their 2014 reunion and final live show in London. It will screen on April 25.

The festival is also showing classic Monty Python films Monty Python and the Holy GrailMonty Python’s Life of Brian and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. All five members will attend the April 24 Holy Grail screening at The Beacon Theater and other Monty Python screenings will be followed by a Q&A with some of the members.

“The Pythons are looking forward very much to the Tribeca Film Festival and the chance to meet anyone who can remember why we made Monty Python and The Holy Grail,” Palin said in a statement. “All we know is that it was a documentary about coconuts that rather lost its way. If anyone at Tribeca can explain why we made it and didn’t call it Braveheart, then our visit to New York will not have been wasted.”

The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 15 to 26 in New York.

Watch the trailer for Monty Python – The Meaning of Live below:

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