Monday, March 15, 2010

Beware the [Monty Python] Ides of March!

Julius Caesar on an Aldis Lamp.” “The Spanish Inquisition.” By Monty Python et al. Perf. Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Eric Idle. Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Episode 15. BBC. 22 September 1970. DVD. New Video, 1999.

If you feel like you need to be warned on March 15, you've come to the right place!
Caesar: What man is that?

Brutus: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

Caesar: Set him before me; let me see his face . . . .

Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March.

Caesar: He is a dreamer. Let us leave him. Pass. (Julius Caesar, I.ii.18-20; 23-24)
Or, if you prefer to take the warning by way of Aldis Lamp, here's how Monty Python deals with the scene:

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