For the first time ever the members of the comedy troupe Monty Python's Flying Circus are able to provide serious, insightful, meaningful historical information about the formation of a modern entertainment classic. This alone is worth every moment of your attention, and every penny, since getting the members of Python to be serious about anything was a violation of one of Newton's little known laws: "No member of Monty Python, when asked a serious question, can give a serious answer." And this violation of a natural law was possible only because the makers of this documentary were wise enough to prevent any member of the Python group from being in the same room at the same time with any other member. Monty Python was more than just a comedy group inspired by the courageous and intrepid post-WWII comic geniuses like Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan, who dared to make the British people laugh after their somber, dour, ordeal, and to do so with the audacity of satirizing their own culture and society. This was a tremendous cathartic transformation, and on its heels came younger wits like Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Theirs was a kernel of creative and witty genius not seen since before the Victorian era, and sorely needed. The fact that this kind of humor requires an intellect to appreciate it only enhances its value. From Cook to Python, these writers were university educated, and this is abundantly clear in their work. In the entire body of their work, especially Python's, nearly every aspect of human society and culture, history and philosophy, is commented on; you can teach philosophy, history, or just about any subject, with Python skits, if you don't have to worry about that silly nonsense called offending people.
Python was brilliant, their contributions to language, comedy, and philosophy ("Always look on the bright side of life,") have been quite substantial. Kudos to the producers of this documentary, which provides an inside look at the creation of a modern comic masterpiece.