A Liar's Autobiography Review

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Graham Chapman's life (real and imagined) is recreated in devil-may-care animations, with the man himself providing narration of the (true and fictional) events.


Before he died in 1989, Graham Chapman wrote an autobiography and read it aloud on tape. Now, that audio — augmented by performances from the other Pythons and guest stars like Cameron Diaz and Stephen Fry — accompanies fantastical recreations of Chapman’s life by a selection of animation outfits, following him from wartime childhood through to success and alcoholic decline. Oddly, it’s Chapman’s writing that’s the weak link, but there’s an array of imaginative, inventive, disturbing material, not least a brilliant, upsetting evocation of celebs wasting away in Los Angeles.

A moving and often funny self-portrayal of Chapman that will delight Python fans.