This tale of a reluctant messiah during the time of Christ stirred no shortage of controversy: Brian wasn't released in Italy until 1990. Yet Jesus, who makes a cameo in the film, comes off quite well unlike those characters who are willing to believe just about anything or are eager to exploit those who do. Jones gives the assorted sequences shape without lessening their hilarity or bite, and caps off the proceedings with one of the great musical sequences in movie history: "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" as warbled by a field full of crucified crooners. Python Eric Idle and his collaborators subsequently swiped the song for use in Spamalot, the Broadway musical cobbled together from bits of Grail. That was a bigger sin than anything in Life of Brian.
Jones does the full Monty at 7 p.m. at Muenzinger Auditorium, on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. Admission is $4 for CU-Boulder students with an ID, $5 for the rest of us. Get directions and details at 303-492-1531 or www.internationalfilmseries.com.
Sun., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., 2007