The Life of Brian LEARNING OBJECTIVE – To consider the themes in The Life of Brian and how it may be received by religious and non religious people. By the end of the lesson: All must – understand the key themes in the film ‘Life of Brian’ Most should – be able to identify whether the film is blasphemous or heretical. Some could – consider whether it is a good film or not.
<ul><li>Read the Wikipedia article on the film, particularly concentrating on the section ‘Religious Satire and Blasphemy Accusations’. http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Python's_Life_of_Brian </li></ul>
Monty Python’s Life of Brian <ul><li>You should have notes on… </li></ul><ul><li>The main themes in the film </li></ul><ul><li>How the film portrays Christianity </li></ul><ul><li>The scenes or ideas in the film that could be considered controversial. </li></ul><ul><li>Whether you think the film is offensive to Christians and why. </li></ul><ul><li>How the film is either blasphemous or heretical. </li></ul>
Key questions: <ul><li>On its release, the film was attacked by fundamentalist Christians who campaigned, successfully in some areas, to have the film banned. Despite (or perhaps because of) this, the film went on to be an enormous success. </li></ul><ul><li>Should religious groups be able to ban a film because of their concerns? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think the controversy surrounding the film make it more successful than it would otherwise have been? </li></ul><ul><li>Extension task </li></ul><ul><li>Is it a good film? How do you judge whether it is good or not? </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ Even though the Pythons have defended this film, saying that it is NOT an attack on Christianity, I still find it quite offensive, I am a highly religious person, and the whole messiah thing offends me” (Amazon review). </li></ul><ul><li>Using evidence from the film, explain whether the film is, or is not, an attack on Christianity. </li></ul>
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