The five surviving members of the British comedy group Monty Python are confirmed to attend the Tribeca Film Festival's special screening of Monty Python and The Holy Grail, organizers announced Wednesday.
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will take the stage at New York's Beacon Theatre April 24 to celebrate the classic comedy's 40th anniversary. Python member Graham Chapman died in 1989.
In honor of the movie's milestone, the festival also will feature the international premiere of the documentary Monty Python: The Meaning of Live, directed by Roger Graef and James Rogan, as well as screenings of Monty Python's Life of Brian and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. The festival is to run April 15-26 in downtown Manhattan.
"It is hard to believe that Holy Grail was first shown 40 years ago," Paula Weinstein, executive vice president of Tribeca Enterprises, said in a statement. "The film is so brilliant and the Pythons' influence on contemporary comedy in cinema and television is so enduring that it feels as fresh today as it did decades ago. We are honored to welcome the Pythons to Tribeca and to share stories of their groundbreaking process with our audience through the international premiere of Monty Python: The Meaning of Live."
"The Pythons are looking forward very much to the Tribeca Film Festival and the chance to meet anyone who can remember why we made Monty Python and The Holy Grail," Palin said. "All we know is that it was a documentary about coconuts that rather lost its way. If anyone at Tribeca can explain why we made it and didn't call it Braveheart, then our visit to New York will not have been wasted."