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#1 Posted : Tuesday, July 22, 2008 2:11:46 PM(UTC)
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
A resurrection for “The Life of Brian”?

Sue Jones-Davies is hoping that 30 years has been long enough for religious sensitivities to cool and that the time has come to lift a pan on the comedic classic "Monty Python's Life of Brian," first released in 1979.

Davies was recently elected as mayor of the British town of Aberystwyth, which implemented the ban decades ago. The fight over the satirical film is personal for Davies -- she played Brian's girlfriend, Judith Iscariot, in the film and was featured in a nude scene.

"Given what's on TV now I think it's amazing a ban in Aberystwyth still exists," Davies told the BBC. "I think it should be lifted."

Rated-R for language and nudity, the film follows the main-character Brian of Nazareth, starting at his coincidental birth in a manger next to Jesus. The three wise-men stumble upon his manger and mistake him for the Messiah, thus beginning Brian's life-long fight against mistaken-identity, eventually ending in a crucifixion.
Funded by former Beatle George Harrison, "Life of Brian" opened to mixed reviews worldwide -- simultaneously hailed as a comedic masterpiece and assailed as blasphemy, with many church leaders leading campaigns banning the film.

Despite the disputed opening, complete with picketers and negative publicity, over time the film has found its way into countless "greatest comedic films of all-time" lists.

"I would like to think that any religion would have the generosity to see the film for what it is, which is comedy," said Davies.

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