Liar’s Autobiography

Liar’s Autobiography

A film by Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson
Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese

Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as “the dead one from Monty Python”, writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A Liar’s Autobiography.

He was born, he went to Cambridge and met John Cleese, he smoked a pipe, he became a doctor, he became a Python, he decided he was gay (well, 70/30, according to a survey he did on himself), he got drunk a lot, he stopped being drunk, he made some films, he had some sex (actually, a lot), and moved to Los Angeles.

Finally, he was whisked up into space by aliens (although that might have been in a film). Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989, he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book, A Liar’s Autobiography, and those recordings have now ingeniously been used to provide Chapman’s voice for the 3D animated feature of the same name. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam also turn up, playing themselves and other characters, along with a few surprise guests.

Not a documentary, not a Monty Python film, A Liar’s Autobiography is Chapman’s own take on his bizarre life and his search for self-knowledge.

Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True, who knows? At his memorial service, John Cleese called Chapman “a freeloading bastard”. Now, as the film re-unites Chapman with Cleese, Jones, Palin and Gilliam for the first time in 23 years, he is set to earn a new title — the most prolific corpse since Elvis.

A Liar’s Autobiography is flawed and enigmatic, but ultimately entertaining. Much like its subject. —Dan Kaufman

 

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Technical Information

Production Year
2012
Country of Production
United Kingdom
Language
English
Running Time
85 mins

Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012
8:45pm
Monday, Dec 3, 2012
8:45pm
Sunday, Dec 2, 2012
8:45pm · 12:15pm
Saturday, Dec 1, 2012
8:45pm · 12:15pm
Friday, Nov 30, 2012
8:45pm

See http://musicboxtheatre.com/showtimes for all currently scheduled films.

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