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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
John Cleese
Graham Chapman
Michael Palin
Terry Gilliam
Terry Jones.
Directors
Bill Jones
Jeff Simpson
Ben Timlett.
Screenwriters
Running Time
85 minutes

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A Liar's Autobiography
Rated 'Argghh' for dead parrots


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Plot
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.


Review
A Liar's Autobiography
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.


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


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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