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"Bring Out Your Dead" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975

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"Bring Out Your Dead" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975.

This scene from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail brings a humorous touch to the horror of the plague that turned people against one another, especially at the slightest hint of illness.  As Boccaccio puts it in his Introduction to the First Day, "It was not merely a question of one citizen avoiding another, and of people almost invariably neglecting their neighbours and rarely or never visiting their relatives, addressing them only from a distance; this scourge had implanted so great a terror in the hearts of men and women that brothers abandoned brothers, uncles their nephews, sisters their brothers, and in many cases wives deserted their husbands" (Decameron, Introduction to the First Day, p.8-9).

 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975, Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, Python Pictures and EMI Films.