“Monty Python’s Life of Brian” will be presented as a special screening on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. Re-released for its 40th anniversary, in standard definition and mono-sound, the 1979 film delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood’s depiction of all things biblical. Highly controversial upon its original release and banned in several countries, the film is frequently lauded as one of the greatest comedy features of all time. As Monty Python member Terry Gilliam says, “It rips bare and makes you laugh at the world we’ve created for ourselves.” Set in 33 A.D. Judea, where exasperated Romans are trying to impose some order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe in them. At its center is Brian Cohen, a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd circumstances, providing opportunity for the entire Monty Python ensemble (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion. Tickets are $10 general admission.