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April 9 - On this day in 1975, Monty Python and the Holy Grail premiered. Pink Floyd helped finance the film using some of the immense profits from Dark Side of the Moon. Led Zeppelin helped too. The Floyd were avid fans; engineer Alan Parsons has said that while recording DSOTM the band occasionally stopped work to watch Monty Python’s Flying Circus, allowing him to work alone on the album’s mix. David Gilmour has said that they sometimes did this but if they were on a roll they did not stop.
Their assistance pales in comparison to the boost George Harrison gave to Monty Python’s Life of Brian in 1976. When EMI pulled financing for the film just days before shooting was set to begin, Harrison mortgaged his house, created the HandMade Films company, and put up £3 million to make the movie. HandMade also financed Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits in 1981.