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FILM: A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman (15)

And now for something completely different.

Inspired by recordings made by Graham Chapman before his untimely demise in 1989, A Liar’s Autobiography is a fictionalised tribute to ‘the dead one from Monty Python’, which doesn’t quite capture the madcap genius of the comedy troupe that made household names of Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

Abandoning the stuffy constraints of a traditional biopic, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson and Ben Timlett’s film melds 17 different animation styles from 14 animators to create a mosaic of memories from Chapman’s chequered life.

The artistry of each vignette is impressive, tinged by impish humour, but there’s a noticeable lack of eye-opening disclosure behind all of the visual razzamatazz.

Released: February 8 (UK & Ireland, selected cinemas), 85 mins

 

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