Sunday, June 05, 2011

The ferocity of the French taunting took him completely by surprise

KERSTIN and I watched "MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL" last night -- the first time I had seen it in a couple of years.
It's one of those rare films for me: I remember and start laughing about scenes moments before they arrive on the screen (Killer Bunny, anyone?).
Consider the instructions for the Holy Hand Grenade: "And Saint Atila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, 'Oh, Lord, bless this thy hand grenade that with it thou mayest blow thy enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy.' And the Lord did grin, and people did feast upon the lambs, and sloths, and carp, and anchovies, and orangutans, and breakfast cereals, and fruit bats, and large --"
Skip a bit, brother. "And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shalt be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thou foe, who being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.'"
This scene and others like it have remained with me for years.


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