“Monty Python — The Meaning of Live,” a new documentary about the legendary British comedy troupe, will get its international premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and the surviving members will be in attendance, festival officials announced on Wednesday.
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin will be reunited in honor of the premiere, which will be accompanied by a 40th anniversary screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” as well as other Python films like “The Meaning of Life” and “Life of Brian.”
Directed by Roger Graef and James Rogan, “Monty Python — The Meaning of Live” offers unprecedented access to the preparations and staging of the Python’s 2014 reunion shows at The O2 in London and examines the personalities, relationships, and circumstances that made the Pythons into a global phenomenon.
“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” will be screened on April 24 at the Beacon Theatre, and the documentary will premiere on Saturday, April 25. “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” will also screen on April 25, and “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life” will screen on April 26.
Each film presentation will be followed by a Q&A with some of the members of Monty Python.
“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.’ All we know is that it was a documentary about coconuts that rather lost its way,” Palin said. “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.”