The 1979 religious satire was deemed blasphemous by the Christian community. The comedy from the Monty Python British comedy troupe was either banned or rated X by dozens of local authorities in the UK, Ireland and Norway. The filmmakers poked fun at the sticky situation in their marketing campaign in Sweden, advertising “Life of Brian” as “The film so funny that it was banned in Norway.” The movie even stirred up protests in in New York, where screenings were picketed by rabbis and nuns. One of the most contentious scenes, the titular character’s crucifixion, was thought to be mocking Jesus’ suffering. “Life of Brian” was a box-office hit in the UK, where it earned $20 million.