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OT/NT Just for fun, perhaps the greatest short film ever made.

The Crimson Permanent Assurance, sailing the high seas of international finance!

Perhaps the best parody of classic pirate movies ever filmed...

part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX61PUZ3xkI
part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iakR7sB0skw

In two parts for lenth

Terry Gilliam made this as part of "Meaning of Life", one can see Gilliams truely twisted sense of reality in this film. I cannot help but laugh almost uncontrollably whenever I see it. 

Look in the film for Micheal Palin and Terry Gilliam as window washers as well as Max Headroom's Matt Frewer (sp?) as an executive.


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Oh! I saw this once, years ago. What a riot!
 

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My GF watched it with me about a month ago....her comment was "This is pointless"...to which I answered "Precisely! That's why it's funny."....she fell asleep about midway through. Had a bit better luck with the Holy Grail, and Life of Brian.
 

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NARRATOR:
In the bleak days of nineteen-eighty-three, as England languished in the doldrums of a ruinous monetarist policy, the good and loyal men of the Permanent Assurance Company-- a once-proud family firm, recently fallen in hard times-- strained under the yoke of their oppressive new corporate management.

Pushed beyond the bounds of decent and reasonable victimisation, the aged retainers take their destiny in their own hands and-- Mutiny!

And so, the Crimson Permanent Assurance was launched upon the high seas of international finance.

There it lay, the prize they sought, the richest jewel in the crown of the I.M.F.: a financial district swollen with multi-nationals, conglomerates, and fat, bloated merchant banks.

Hidden behind the faceless, towering canyons of glass, the world of high finance sat smug and self-satisfied as their future, in the shape of their past, slipped silently through the streets, returning to wreak a terrible revenge.

Adopting, adapting, and improving traditional business practises, the Permanent Assurance puts into motion an audacious and totally unsuspected takeover bid.

And so, heartened by their initial success, the desperate and reasonably violent men of the Permanent Assurance battled on... until, as the sun set slowly in the west, the outstanding return on their bold business venture became apparent: the once-proud financial giants lay in ruins, their assets stripped, their policies in tatters.

PIRATE:
Full speed ahead, Mr. Cohen!

CHORUS:
Up, up, up your premium. Up, up, up your premium.
PIRATE: [singing]
Scribble away!
CHORUS:
Up, up, up your premium.
PIRATE: [singing]
And balance the books.
CHORUS:
Up, up, up your premium.
PIRATE: [singing]
Scribble away!
CHORUS:
Up, up, up your premium.
PIRATE: [singing]
But manage the books.
CHORUS:
Up, up, up.

PIRATES: [singing]
It's fun to charter an accountant
And sail the wide accountancy,
To find, explore the funds offshore
And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy!

It can be manly in insurance.
We'll up your premium semi-annually.
It's all tax deductible.
We're fairly incorruptible,
We're sailing on the wide accountancy!

PIRATE: [singing]
Sail away!
CHORUS: [singing]
Up, up, up...
NARRATOR:
And so, they sailed off into the ledgers of history, one by one, the financial capitals of the world crumbling under the might of their business acumen,... or so it would have been... if certain modern theories concerning the shape of the world had not proved to be... disastrously wrong.
 

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The world would be a poorer place without British silliness.
 
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