Monty Python and the Very Polite Censorship Letter

Open Culture reprints a letter written on behalf of the Pythons to negotiate for the British equivalent of a PG rating when they first released the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail way back in 1975.

Caution: if you follow the link above, you will see a discussion of the use of swears. But it’s interesting to see the horse trading that goes on behind the scenes when producers are trying to get the rating they want. And it’s interesting to think how certain scenes might’ve been different, which I now use as an excuse to post this, one of the greatest scenes in cinema history:

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