WATCH: How Modern Movie Trailers Would Market Monty Python’s ‘Holy Grail’

'Monty Python and the Holy Grail': good knights.

‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail': good knights.

This is a delight on two levels.

One: It’s a reswizzled trailer for Monty Python and the Holy Grail made by Stéphane Bouley, and using all of the most common tricks trailermakers use to try and add booming gravitas to every tiny moment in a film. So it has the tribal drumming, the snapshot fades, the moments of sudden silence and the outbreaks to total mayhem. What it does not have is many of the gags, because if there’s one thing these kind of trailers are not, it’s funny.

Two: Not all of the gags have been excised. “Run away” is in there, as is Terry Jones’s Sir Bedevere tinkering with a swallow and a coconut. So it’s as much a tribute to the understated comic glory of the original  – the Pythons were very fond of striking a bold Hollywood pose and then undercutting it with something feeble – as it is a sideswipe at dreary, formulaic movie promotion.

And Stéphane is not the only creative Holy Grail fan with a lot of time on his hands, as these Lego models prove.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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