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Joe Morris
Old Love

3400 Posts

Posted - 07/05/2011 :  15:12:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
see ! its the end of the film!
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rocker
Old Love

USA
3606 Posts

Posted - 18/05/2011 :  22:17:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
hey lk..let's not forget FAWLTY TOWERS!....
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lemonade kid
Old Love

USA
9450 Posts

Posted - 18/05/2011 :  22:33:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rocker

hey lk..let's not forget FAWLTY TOWERS!....

The Rat episode.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_q4S7lZeik



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Everyday I wanna get on my camel and ride!
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ALLANAGAIN
Old Love

United Kingdom
687 Posts

Posted - 19/05/2011 :  11:32:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
or the Germans.."don,t mention the war"
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rocker
Old Love

USA
3606 Posts

Posted - 19/05/2011 :  14:33:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
man I love that series..there was the Major, "Lord" Melbury, Manuel..the American guy and his Waldorf salad..The Irish builders....there are so many hilarious scenes in each series..classics all...
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Joe Morris
Old Love

3400 Posts

Posted - 19/05/2011 :  14:34:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
the less said of Cleese's
The Strange Case of the End of Civilisation As We Know It
the better of course
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captain america and billy
Old Love

907 Posts

Posted - 19/05/2011 :  17:16:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Back in 1968 when the Pythons were just getting together to write shows for the likes of David Frost,Spike Milligan,and Marty Feldman among other British comic elite,John Cleese hosted his own BBC special called "How To Irritate People",which also featured Michael Palin and a couple of future Python skits.it's available on dvd and is most extraordinary.Check it out!
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Joe Morris
Old Love

3400 Posts

Posted - 20/05/2011 :  16:36:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How to irritate people (1968) is good - now as part of a John Cleese comedy collection (along with Romance with a double bass (Cleese & Connie naked - yikes!) and the wretched End of Civilization As We Know It

and NOT copy protected!

Its a shame Cleese never wrote an autobio, as he seems a very interesting person. Palin writes about him in his (excellent) diaries and he seems really troubled but really funny, I think hes been married several times at this point, doesn't seem to do films too much anymore, but his commentaries on the recently reissued Fawlty Towers are fun and when last heard of was tasting wines in California (!)

Cleese turns up in the odd Palin venture (Ripping Yarns) and its an absolute tragedy the two didn't write & collaborate much

Think Palin & Terry Jones are performing live in the UK next month at Meltdown (along with Ray Davies) though I don't think Cleese is doing anything. He was wont to pop up in the States on Countdown to make fun of (Sarah) Palin but he doesn't seem to write anymore

Oh well. Hes wont to retire. Hes been performing since the Frost Report (1966) and all the rest (At last the 1948 Show (1968?)
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captain america and billy
Old Love

907 Posts

Posted - 21/05/2011 :  20:26:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just checked out "End of Civilization" from the library.Looking forward to watching it this weekend.
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captain america and billy
Old Love

907 Posts

Posted - 24/05/2011 :  15:29:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Saw John Cleese's "Strange Case of the End of the World as We Know it" over the weekend.Sardonically pithy vehicle full of many clever plays on Enlgish literary and dramatic forms.Fans of Cleese's Monty Python comedy troupe should regail in its demonstrative witticisms and sarcastic hilarities.
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Joe Morris
Old Love

3400 Posts

Posted - 25/05/2011 :  03:22:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Terrible. Much prefer Romance with a Double Bass, although Cleese is nude in that

How do you like Cleese's Columbo impression?
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captain america and billy
Old Love

907 Posts

Posted - 25/05/2011 :  16:07:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"Double Bass" is also available at my local library.I'll check it out.I'm afraid the one area of comic satire Cleese never DID master WAS impersonation.
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Joe Morris
Old Love

3400 Posts

Posted - 26/05/2011 :  02:43:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like when Watson accidentally kills that guy!!

the sight of Cleeses nudity (his bum) in Romance with a double bass
is more than made up by Connie Booth's full frontal nudity

I understand Terry (Jones) and Michael (Palin) are doing a live act in the UK next month

Michael's diaries are wonderful - and they're best sellers even here in the States. Engrossing stuff - I like him talking about how he wrote the Missionary (which sees reissue to dvd this month here in the UK
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captain america and billy
Old Love

907 Posts

Posted - 27/05/2011 :  15:39:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Re-Joe Morris' statement concerning lack of copyright on the Cleese programs. Yes,I believe back in the seventies,there were still aritsts and performers who were signed to deals of monetary underappreciation concerning concerning royalties as well.Even entire productions such as these lost Cleese treasures were thought at the time to be merely one of broadcasts whose contents couldn't POSSIBLY generate so much interest as to be sought after significantly over thirty yers later.Beatlemaniacs such as myself may recall reading the tale of how Brian Epstein grossly misrepresented the Fabs in American marketing deals,which meant that the famous foursome only saw but an inkling of all the dolls,lunch boxes and board games that were created in their honor and image.Of course,back in the 60's and 70's,most of the SUITS possesed SOME knowledge that these properties may some day be leased out again,but natural to their own selfish inclinations,artists and performers were disgustingly kept in the dark.
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Joe Morris
Old Love

3400 Posts

Posted - 28/05/2011 :  03:29:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
no, the John Cleese Collection
doesn't have copy protection on the discs (dvds)

White Star (I think) put them out

I have copies of How to irritate people, Romance with a double bass, The end of civilization, was able to burn them after checking them out from library here in NJ

don't watch them much. Only the 1st is really rewatchable, cos Chapman, Palin turn up. And you've got an original take at the Dead Parrot sketch (with a lemon car instead of a dead parrot!)

A miracle the Python shows weren't wiped - the BBC wiped a lot of shows when changing house in the early 70s

Thankfully Terry Jones had kept the shows on video
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