F*cking censors, they always try to ruin everything! In August of 1974, prior to its release in movie theaters the classic film Monty Python And The Holy Grail was screened for film raters. Since it was a British film, they were governed by the British Board of Film Classification a name that once spoken with the British accent in my head sounds totally ridiculous.
The representative for the organization Tony Kerpel was in charge with letting the show’s producers know what moves they can make to get a more family-friendly rating. Kerpel and producer Mark Forstater had a few conversations about these changes. Forstater then drafted this letter to fellow producer of the show, Michael White to let him know what was up.
In true Python fashion, this sh*t is hilarious!
PYTHON (MONTY) PICTURES LTD
Registered Address: 20 Fitzroy Square, London W1P6BB
Registered Number 1138069 England
August 5th, 1974.
The Censor’s representative, Tony Kerpel, came along to Friday’s screening at Twickenham and he gave us his opinion of the film’s probable certificate.
He thinks the film will be AA, but it would be possible, given some dialogue cuts, to make the film an A rating, which would increase the audience. (AA is 14 and over, and A is 5 – 14).
For an ‘A’ we would have to:
Lose as many shits as possible
Take Jesus Christ out, if possible
Lose “I fart in your general direction”
Lose “the oral sex”
Lose “oh, fuck off”
Lose “We make castanets out of your testicles”
I would like to get back to the Censor and agree to lose the shits, take the odd Jesus Christ out and lose Oh fuck off, but to retain ‘fart in your general direction’, ‘castanets of your testicles’ and ‘oral sex’ and ask him for an ‘A’ rating on that basis.
Please let me know as soon as possible your attitude to this.
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