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Das Leben des Irrtums

Als 1979 der Monty Python-Film “Das Leben des Brian” in die Kinos kam, wurde er sofort in einer Reihe von Ländern wegen angeblich blasphemischer Inhalte verboten und rief wütenden Protest hervor – oft von Menschen, die unglaublich angewidert waren, den Film aber gar nicht selbst gesehen hatten. Die schriftlichen Beschwerden waren in der Tat so zahlreich, dass den Monty Pythons keine andere Wahl blieb, als einen Formbrief als Antwort aufzusetzen. Tausende dieser Briefe wurden verschickt. (Quelle: Calcium Made Interesting: Sketches, Letters, Essays & Gondolas)

Dear __________

Thank you for your letter regarding the film Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Whilst we understand your concern, we would like to correct some misconceptions you may have about the film which may be due to the fact that you have not had the chance to see it before forming your views. The film is set in Biblical times, but it is not about Jesus. It is a comedy, but we would like to think that it does have serious attitudes and certain things to say about human nature. It does not ridicule Christ, nor does it show Christ in any way that could offend anyone, nor is belief in God or Christ a subject dealt with in the film.

We are aware that certain organizations have been circulating misinformation on these points and are sorry that you have been misled. We hope you will go see the film yourself and come to your own conclusions about its virtues and defects. In any case, we hope you find it funny.

Best wishes,

Monty Python

(Gefunden bei Letters of Note)


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