„Six hundred years ago we would have been burned for this. Now, what I'm suggesting is that we've advanced.“

—  John Cleese, Context: Six hundred years ago we would have been burned for this. Now, what I'm suggesting is that we've advanced. Defending the film Life of Brian on BBC chat show Friday Night Saturday Morning (9 November 1979)
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attore, comico, sceneggiatore, scrittore e produttore cinem… 1939
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