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The Director's Chair #14... Terry Gilliam
For those who were not aware of his American nationality, I will enlighten you that Terry Gilliam was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 22, 1940. I begin with this simple introduction to debunk any notion or myth that he is British born. This correlation is often based upon the animation and directing work he did for the Monty Python comedy troupe during the early portion of his career. Because of his background in animation and illustration he has proven to be an extremely visual guy. His eccentric character of a personality is further displayed in some of the animated works that he has produced. Working for Mad Magazine and the English television show Do Not Adjust Your Set may be further evidence of his unique perspective on storytelling. In the first day of a three day series we will be having a broad look at his career with a couple of editorials in addition to one particular website article that dares you to state your preference on Gilliam’s earlier works versus his later works.
EARLY WORKS VERSUS LATER WORKS
Big Thoughts from a Small Mind
REVIEWS FOR Time Bandits (1981)
REVIEW FOR The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
REVIEWS FOR The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
- The Film Cynics
- Foolish Blatherings
- Marshall and the Movies
- Surrender to the Void
- Defiant Success
- Blog Cabins
- Film Forager
- Big Thoughts from a Small Mind
One of my favorite films from the 1980s would be Terry Gilliam’s retro-future fantasy film Brazil (1985). Inspired by the song Aquarela do Brasil written by Ary Barroso the story centers around the character Sam Lowry, who is a notorious day dreamer and underachiever with the skills to excel at his work. Today we will be looking at a couple of reviews for the film in addition to a couple of the most famous Monty Python movies that Gilliam has been involved in co-directing.
REVIEWS FOR Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
REVIEWS FOR Brazil (1985)
REVIEW FOR Life of Brian (1979)
REVIEW FOR The Brothers Grimm (2005)
The Film Cynics
REVIEWS FOR Tideland (2005)
It would be fitting to allow Terry Gilliam to directly explain the approach he takes when creating a new film or story to tell his audience:
I never wanted to make naturalistic films. I’ve always liked the idea that film is an artifice, and that this is admitted right from the start. So we create a world that isn’t true to a realistic naturalistic world, but is truthful. That is the main thing. I think it also comes from being a cartoonist. I’ve always abstracted. Cartoons always push toward the grotesque. You twist, you bend, you shape. Brazil is that way.The quote has been pulled from an interview with The Believer Magazine that had occurred at the 2002 Telluride Film Festival. The transcript for the entire interview can be read on the magazine's website.
REVIEWS FOR 12 Monkeys (1995)
Bill's Movie Emporium
The Director’s Chair is an ongoing series hosted on The Large Association of Movie Blogs. Each installment is published on the site as a three-day event filled with contributions from several movie blog writers from around the world. To continue following each new series installment make sure to check the LAMBs site for updates or Matte Havoc for the recap of every event.