SKETCH #19 "The Penultimate Supper" Monty Python [3:59]
Pope: John Cleese Michelangelo: Jonathan Lynn (sound file), Eric
Idle (video, youtube)
(sound file), Eric Idle (video, youtube)
Choir: [Gregorian Chant]
Servant: A Michelangelo to see you, your Grace.
Servant: Michelangelo, the famous Renaissance artist whose best known works include the ceiling of the
Sistine Chapel, and the celebrated statue of David.
Pope: Ah. Very well...
Servant: In 1514 he returned to Florence and ...
Pope: All right, that's enough, that's enough, they've got it now!
This opening bit is NOT included in THIS audio file.
The following transcription may differ in parts from the exact wording of the audio file
and also from that the video version:
evening, your Grace.
Pope: Evening, Michelangelo. I want to have a word with you about this "Last Supper" of yours.
Michelangelo: Oh, yes?
Pope: I'm not happy with it.
Michelangelo: Oh, dear. It took hours.
Pope: No, not happy at all.
Michelangelo: Do the jellies worry you?
Michelangelo: They add a bit of colour, donít they? Oh, I know, you don't like the kangaroo.
Pope: What kangaroo?
Michelangelo: Iíll alter it, no sweat.
Pope: I never saw a kangaroo!
Michelangelo: Itís right in the back. I'll paint it out, no problem. I'll make him into a disciple.
Michelangelo: All right, now?
Pope: That's the problem.
Michelangelo: What is?
Pope: The disciples.
Michelangelo: Are they too Jewish? I made Judas the most Jewish.
Pope: No, no, it's just that there are twenty-eight of them.
Michelangelo: Well, another one would hardly notice that. So, I'll make the kangaroo into a disciple.
Pope: No, no.
Michelangelo: All right, all right, weíll lose the kangaroo altogether, I donít mind. I was never completely happy with it.
Pope: That's not the point. There are twenty-eight disciples!
Michelangelo: Too many?
Pope: Well, of course it's too many!
Michelangelo: In a way, but I wanted to give the impression of a huge get-together, you know. A real last
supper, not just any old last supper, but a proper final treat, a real mother of a blowout.
Pope: There were only twelve disciples at the last supper.
Michelangelo: Well, suppose some of the others happened to drop by?
Pope: There were only twelve altogether.
Michelangelo: Well, maybe they had invited some friends?
Pope: There were just twelve disciples and our Lord at the last supper. The Bible clearly says so.
Michelangelo: No friends?
Pope: No friends.
Michelangelo: You see, I like them, they fill out the canvas, I mean I suppose we could lose three or four
of them, you know, make Ö
Pope: Look! There were only twelve disciples at ...
Michelangelo: I've got it! I've got it! We'll call it "The Penultimate Supper"!
Michelangelo: There must have been one, I mean if there was a last one there must have been one before that, right?
Michelangelo: So this, is the "Penultimate Supper"! The Bible doesn't say how many people were there now, does it?
Pope: No, but...
Michelangelo: There you are!
Pope: Look! The last supper is a significant event in the life of our Lord, the penultimate supper was not! Even if they
had a conjurer and a steel band. Now, I commissioned a last supper from you, and a last supper I want!
Michelangelo: But look Ö
Pope: With twelve disciples and one Christ!
Pope: Yes one! Now will you please tell me what in God's name possessed you to paint this with three Christs in it?
Michelangelo: It works, mate!
Pope: It does not work!
Michelangelo: It does! It looks great! The fat one balances the two skinny ones.
Pope: There was only one Saviour!
Michelangelo: Well, I know that, everyone knows that , but, what about a bit of artistic licence?
Pope: One Redeemer!
Michelangelo: I'll tell you what you want, mate! You want a bloody photographer! Not a creative artist with some imagination.
Pope: I'll tell you what I want! I want a last supper with one Christ, twelve disciples, no kangaroos, by Thursday lunch, or you don't get paid!
Michelangelo: Bloody fascist!
Pope: Look! I'm the bloody pope! I may not know much about art, but I know what I like!
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