Beatle George Harrison was once a movie producer. That’s right, he, in addition to playing guitar in the biggest band of all time, invested in some movies through HandMade Films.
Harrison created the production company in partnership with Denis O’Brien in 1978 to originally fund Monty Python’s classic “The Life of Brian,” because the screenplay had been refused by EMI Films near the start of the shooting.
Bernard Delfont, president of the company, who must have regretted much later, as well as the official of Decca Records who refused the Beatles stating that Rock was almost dead. The film was and still is a success, one of the best comedies made to date and tells the story of the guy who was born the same day that Jesus lived next to him and was confused with him.
Harrison and Eric Idle were friends, a member of the group, as well a fan. He read the script, liked it and decided to pay for the movie. He mortgaged the house and put about $ 4 million into the project, the world’s most expensive movie ticket ever paid by someone. “I liked the script, I wanted to see the movie,” he explained.
Detail: Beatle George also appears in the movie,
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Life of Brian has regularly been cited as a significant contender for the title “greatest comedy film of all time”, and has been named as such in polls conducted by Total Film magazine in 2000, the British TV network Channel 4 in 2006 and The Guardian newspaper in 2007.
Rotten Tomatoes lists it as one of the best reviewed comedies, with a 96% approval rating from 44 published reviews. A 2011 poll by Time Out magazine ranked it as the third greatest comedy film ever made, behind Airplane! and This is Spinal Tap.
The BFI declared Life of Brian to be the 28th best British film of all time, in their equivalent of the original AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list. It was the seventh highest ranking comedy on this list (four of the better placed efforts were classic Ealing Films). Another Channel 4 poll in 2001 named it the 23rd greatest film of all time (the only comedy that came higher on this occasion was Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot, which was ranked 5th).
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