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‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’ Gets 40th Anniversary Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Monty Python’s Life of Brian” is heading back into movie theaters to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the classic comedy film.

Trafalgar Releasing took the rights to the film last year. The event cinema specialist is planning a 400-screen release on April 18 that will span the U.K. and U.S. as well as territories and regions including Australia, Canada, Germany, and Scandinavia.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian” was the second major film from the team and a biting satire on religion and Hollywood’s depiction of all things biblical. It stoked controversy upon release in 1979, getting banned in Ireland and Norway.

“It’s another coming of Brian, and we are here to fill the world with laughter,” the Pythons said in a joint statement. “’The Life Of Brian’ may have been set 2000 years ago, but it’s a mirror of what’s going on today. Except that it’s funny.

“It’s one of the most prescient films for today’s society – from ‘We are all individuals’ to Stan wanting to become a woman.”

Trafalgar has worked with the Python team on several projects including a simulcast of their 2014 “Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go” reunion show, which garnered 330,000 admissions globally. It has also snagged the worldwide rights, outside of French-speaking territories, to “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

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“It’s a great privilege to be working with the Monty Python team again and to bring the 40th anniversary celebrations of this seminal comedy classic to cinemas around the world,” said Trafalgar CEO Marc Allenby. “The film continues to feel fresh, relevant and hilarious after four decades.”

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