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.
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.