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Monty Python's Flying Circus, Episodes 1-26: An Utterly Complete, Thoroughly Unillustrated, Absolutely Unauthorized Guide to Possibly All the References from Arthur
     

Monty Python's Flying Circus, Episodes 1-26: An Utterly Complete, Thoroughly Unillustrated, Absolutely Unauthorized Guide to Possibly All the References from Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson to Zambesi

by Darl Larsen
 
In 1969, the BBC aired the first episode of a new comedy series titled Monty Python's Flying Circus, and the rest, as they say, is history. An instant success, the show ran until 1974, producing a total of 45 episodes. Despite the show's very English humor and allusions to many things British, the series developed a cult following outside the United Kingdom,

Overview

In 1969, the BBC aired the first episode of a new comedy series titled Monty Python's Flying Circus, and the rest, as they say, is history. An instant success, the show ran until 1974, producing a total of 45 episodes. Despite the show's very English humor and allusions to many things British, the series developed a cult following outside the United Kingdom, particularly in the United States. Known for its outrageous humor, occasionally controversial content, and often silly spirit, Monty Python's Flying Circus poked fun at nearly all institutions—domestic or foreign, grand or intimate, sacred or not. Indeed, many of the allusions and references in the program were uniquely British and routinely obscure, and therefore not always understood or even noticed outside the British Isles.

This exhaustive reference identifies and explains the plethora of cultural, historical, and topical allusions of this landmark series. In this volume, virtually every allusion and reference that appeared in episodes from the last two seasons—whether stated by a character, depicted in the mise-en-scène, or mentioned in the printed scripts—is identified and explained. Organized chronologically by episode, each entry is listed alphabetically, indicates what sketch it appeared in, and is cross-referenced between episodes. Entries cover literary and metaphoric allusions, symbolisms, names, peoples, and places as well as myriad social, cultural, and historical elements (photos, songs, slogans, caricatures) that populate and inform these episodes. See volume 2 for the third and fourth seasons (episodes 27–45).
Volume 1 Entries Include:
·“Arabella Plunkett”
·Group of famous characters from famous paintings
·"Hell's Grannies"
· “Kandinsky”
· “Spanish Inquisition”
· “total cashectomy”
·“Two-Sheds”
·Vicar sitting thin and unhappy in a pot
·“What's all this then?”
·Raymond Baxter type

Editorial Reviews

Choice
This book provides not just a simple explanation of who the frequently referenced Reginald Maulding was, but also what made him such an attractive target for the show's humor....This book likely will interest libraries supporting television and popular culture studies. Recommended.
Booklist
Monty Python enthusiasts will appreciate this companion to Monty Python's Flying Circus. . . . Casual fans will enjoy browsing through the book.
Salem Press
Darl Larsen is well versed in his material. . . . Well documented and comprehensive, if not exhaustive, this is an informative and entertaining deconstruction of all things Flying Circus.
CHOICE
This book provides not just a simple explanation of who the frequently referenced Reginald Maulding was, but also what made him such an attractive target for the show's humor....This book likely will interest libraries supporting television and popular culture studies. Recommended.

Author Magazine
. . . [P]ossibly the most useful book ever written for American Anglophiles. . . . Larsen’s work is, as the title promises, truly comprehensive . . . simply a must-have for any fan of the Pythons.
Midwest Book Review
Darl Larsen (Professor of Media Arts, Brigham Young University) presents Monty Python's Flying Circus Volume 1: Episodes 1-26, an unauthorized but exactingly thorough and in-depth guide to the famous British comedy series "Monty Python's Flying Circus". The wildly successful show, which developed a devoted cult following outside of the United Kingdom, lasted for 45 episodes. This gigantic first volume covers the first 26 episodes; the forthcoming second volume is slated to cover episodes 27-45. Featuring a unique format in which the section for each episode has all its entries catalogued alphabetically, Monty Python's Flying Circus discusses everything from literary and metaphoric allusions and symbolisms, to the names of people and places, social and cultural in-jokes, historical elements, and much more. A bibliography and exhaustive index round out this definitive reference for fans and pop culture students of the show!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589797123
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/16/2013
Edition description:
Volume 1
Pages:
492
Sales rank:
819,153
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Darl Larsen is professor of media arts and animation at Brigham Young University, where he teaches film and popular culture studies. He is the author of Monty Python, Shakespeare and English Renaissance Drama.

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