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  • Terry Jones' Top 10 Monty Python Movie Moments, by Jeff Slate

    "How wonderful!" Terry Jones practically squeals as the scene featuring "the Knights who say 'Ni'" unfolds during the recent 40th-anniversary screening of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre during the Tribeca Film Festival. Jones co-directed 'Holy Grail', which turns 40 this year, with fellow Python Terry Gilliam, and he directed 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' and 'Monty Python's Meaning of Life', and his joy in re-watching these films is palpable.  "I've long since forgotten all the turmoil around them when we made them," Jones says. "Well, I haven't, actually, but what's really important is what's up on the screen for everyone to see, and I'm pleased at how well the film holds up." Seeing 'Life of Brian' in a theater for the first time in more than a decade is made even more enjoyable by the running commentary Jones supplies. When his famous turn as the naked "hermit in the pit" comes, he roars with laughter. "Glorious!" Jones says.


    To celebrate the storied history of the Monty Python films and their newest milestone, we asked Jones to give us his top 10 moments from the group's films.

    1. The Black Knight Fight from 'The Holy Grail'

    2. "We're Knights of the Round Table" from 'The Holy Grail'

    3. Castle Anthrax from 'The Holy Grail'

    4. The Three Wise Men from 'Life of Brian'

    5. Mandy Addressing the Crowds from 'Life of Brian'

    6. The Hermit in the Hole from 'Life of Brian'

    7. "Every Sperm Is Sacred" from 'The Meaning of Life'

    8. "Galaxy Song" from 'The Meaning of Life'

    9. Mr. Creosote from 'The Meaning of Life'

    10. "Find the Fish" from 'The Meaning of Life'

    To read the full Esquire article by Jeff Slate, including Terry's reminiscence about each "pick", click here.

    To watch these Monty Python sketches & film clips, exclusive videos & interviews, and much more visit the Monty Python YouTube Channel.


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