The original 1975 trailer for Monty Python and the Holy Grail (below) started to make some big claims for itself. It opens, with the narrator declaring:

Once in a lifetime there comes a motion picture which changes the whole history of motion pictures. A picture so stunning in its effect, so vast in its impact that it profoundly affects the lives of all who see it.

But then comes the self-effacing punchline delivered by another narrator in Japanese:

One such film is Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai.” Another was “Ivan the Terrible.” Then there are more run-of-the mill films like “Herbie Rides Again,” “La Notte” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

… So, if you’re an intellectual midget and you feel like giggling, you could do worse than see Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Classic Python!

Now, if want a Python trailer that takes itself seriously, look no further than the clip above. Created last year, this trailer re-imagines Monty Python and the Holy Grail as a mainstream Hollywood film. No wit. All cheese. If you dig the concept, you can see similar reworkings of Stanley Kubrick films here.

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