This Friday (Dec. 7), 11 pm, the Rio Theatre will be showing Monty Python’s 1979 skewering of religion and Hollywood epics, Life of Brian.
Life of Brian tells the tale of an unassuming man named Brian, who was born on Christmas Eve in the stable next door and is mistaken for the Messiah. In fact, Brian’s whole life reads like an extremely fractured take on the life of Jesus: He attends the Sermon on the Mount (but can’t hear a bit of it, as he’s in the cheap seats), falls in with the People’s Front of Judea liberation group (or is that the Judean People’s Front?), and amasses a group of followers determined to regard everything he does as a miracle.
At this rate, you can probably guess that the story won’t have a happy ending, but with such a sunny take on the Crucifixion, you won’t mind a bit.
Tickets are $8, but you can get your hands on one for $6 if you come in a movie-related costume. More reason to dig out those sandals and robes, I say.
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