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Life of Brian

One of Britain’s best loved but controversial comedies.

Religion is never an easy topic for a film. And least of all a comedy. But Monty Python’s Life of Brian was just that... a comedy about religion. And it was as controversial as you can imagine.

The film tells the story of Brian Cohen (played by Graham Chapman). Brian is born next door to (and on the same day as) Jesus Christ. As a result, he’s initially mistaken for the Messiah by the three wise men. Over the years, Brian grows up to be an idealistic young man. He resents the continuing Roman occupation of Judea, even after learning that his father was a Roman centurion – Naughtius Maximus.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (196) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Learn 18 useful prepositions of movement. Plus, 10 useful words and expressions for talking about cooking in the kitchen, 12 useful words for describing someone’s physical appearance, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Sport – hybrid sports. • Language – how to address people. • Listening – fictional characters. • Marketing – product placement. • Language learning – how to build up your vocabulary. • Travel – Iceland. • Traditions – crazy English events. • Hollywood – Sylvester Stallone. • Film – The Life of Brian. • Art – graffiti. • The monarchy – secret recordings. • Food – a tuna sandwich. • Accents – the New York accent. • Words – synonyms. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!