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"Though I've got this reputation for being out of control, it's not true, it just happens to be a more interesting story than the truth. " -- terry gilliam
Terry Gilliam is a film director who first came to public attention with the British comedy troupe Monty Python's Flying Circus, where he first became known for his cut-out animations.
With the expansion of the Pythons into feature films, he began screen-writing and directing. His strongest efforts straddle the realm of fantasy films with a strong dose of comedy, most often of the darker variety. Some of Gilliam's more popular films include TIME BANDITS, BRAZIL, 12 MONKEYS and FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. It was during the production of his film THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS that actor Heath Ledger, who was playing one of the leads, passed away.
Terry Gilliam Mini-Bio
Terence Vance Gilliam was born November 22, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He went to college at Occidental College in Los Angeles. After school, he was briefly employed by MAD magazine, but in 1967, he moved to England.
He began working doing animations for a children's television show called DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET, a show which also employed Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. In 1969, Gilliam was invited to join the newly forming MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS.
Following the Python's first film, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, Gilliam moved into directing on his own with JABBERWOCKY (1976). His second film TIME BANDITS (1979) caught the public's eye and his directing career has continued ever since.
Gilliam's work is often cited for having strong fantasy elements and a wonderfully-detailed settings. He's also got a bit of a reputation in Hollywood for standing by his vision, even facing off with the studios backing his productions when they try and curtail things. Debate continues over whether he is a "difficult" director or if it's just a sign of someone willing to stand up for their art.
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
When actor Heath Ledger, who starred in Gilliam's BROTHERS GRIMM, passed away in the midst of filming a role in THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS, Gilliam himself wasn't sure if they'd be able to finish the film at all. But due to the fantastical nature, and the fact that all of the real world scenes had been completed, the production was able to continue with actors Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell sharing the portrayal of Ledger's character Tony in the fantasy sequences. All three donated their salaries from the film to Ledger's young daughter Matilda.
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Official Movie Site
- Dreams: The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, a Terry Gilliam film
here's a preview of Terry Gilliam's forthcoming feature, now in preproduction - including cast details, a synopsis and a detailed concept drawing.
- Teaser Trailer: Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Terry Gilliam gives us an introduction to the world of his next film, through a combination of photos and concept art.
- Harry has entered Gilliam's THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS & never wants to leave!
THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS is the very first full fledged unfettered Terry Gilliam fantasy since the advent of digital effects - and folks… Gilliam is about to blow your mind.
- Ledger's last performance hits screen in Cannes - Yahoo! News
The film maker's first thought when Ledger died in New York was to ditch "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," which was only half finished.
A fantastic interview with Gilliam cartooning live and life-size!
Also, here are a pair of commercials that Terry Gilliam did for Nike in 2002. They coincided with the World Cup that year.
About Terry Gilliam
Here is material that focuses on Terry Gilliam and his performing, screen-writing and directing career.
This was a book that Gilliam put out in 1979 about his animations. I'm very proud that I had the good sense to keep it all these years, as my copy is not only a first edition, but it's still in perfect shape.
One of the blurbs on the back reads "In ANIMATIONS OF MORTALITY Terry Gilliam, aging animator for MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT and the Monty Python TV series; and creator of the film JABBERWOCKY lays bare for the first time the twisted and sordid little secrets of the Wonderful World of Animation."
After a hilarious opening sequence, this DVD is a "non-skit-interrupted" look at Gilliam's animation work from the Monty Python tv show. For those who are fans of his artwork and view on the world, this is a pure delight!
Gilliam Takes to the Streets for TIDELAND
Gilliam's TIDELAND went into wide release in the fall of 2006 after being screened at several film festivals. This movie reunites Gillam with his lead from THE FISHER KING, actor Jeff Bridges. It follows the story of young Jeliza-Rose, whose father moves her to a house into the middle of nowhere after the death of her mother. Advanced word is that this movie is one of Gilliam's darker offerings, as the story involves a little girl who uses fantasy to escape from her heroin-addict parent's reality and whose companions are a series of decapitated doll heads.
TIDELAND - official movie site
Tideland - from Wikipedia, talking both about the book and movie
DREAMS: Tideland - about the movie from the Terry Gilliam fanzine
Tideland - from the Toronto Film Festival site
If you like a bit of pre-release reviews and spoilers, check out what AICN has to say about Tideland!
Terry Gilliam recently appeared in New York "crashing" the line for The Daily Show, appealing for funding for independant filmmakers and promoting his new movie TIDELAND.
You can watch the video below, and read more about the Street Mixer on AICN.
Terry Gilliam Facts and Fictions
- The Terry Gilliam Files
Eye-opening conversations with the visionary director, as well as behind-the-scenes stories documenting the production of some of the most imaginative films of the '80s and '90s.
- Terry Gilliam
by Rumsey Taylor - profile of film director Terry Gilliam A capsule description of Gilliam's work obligates a variety: his films depict over three millennia of history, approach birth and death, youth and old age. There are also unifying qualities b
- God of Filmmaking Terry Gilliam
One of original the Monty Python cast and responsible for their strange brand of cut out animation sequences, Terry Gilliam is lately showing impressive diversity from off hand comedy. While still making bizarre films with over the top characters, hi
- Dreams: The Terry Gilliam Fanzine
A fanzine dedicated to the writer, animator and film director Terry Gilliam
- TIDELAND And Gilliam Were In Brussels; Simon Says Was There!!
Terry Gilliam was recently in Brussels for a presentation of his new film TIDELAND, based on Mitch Cullin's startling book about a young girl grappling with (and escaping from) the realities of her parent's drug addictions. Gilliam took questions bef
- CARTE BLANCHE TERRY GILLIAM
CARTE BLANCHE TERRY GILLIAM As part of a retrospective on director Gilliam, the Film Museum let him show a selection of films of his own choice. The list is a fantastic and eclectic line-up, and I'd LOVE to stage the entire list at my house as an eve
- Catching Up with Terry Gilliam - ComingSoon.net
Is the world ready for another Terry Gilliam movie?
- Gilliam out to disturb with film about childhood
Terry Gilliam tends not to make life easy for audiences, and his new film about a 10-year-old girl who prepares heroin for her father to inject and seeks to seduce an older simpleton is out to make them squirm some more.
- Images - Terry Gilliam and Brazil
f there is one aspect of filmmaking for which Terry Gilliam has won widespread acclaim from scholars and journalistic film reviewers, it is his extraordinary mise-en-scene - that particular manner in which he arranges his cinematic elements in order
Some basics about Gilliam
- Neil Gaiman charges Terry Gilliam a groat for book option
"Terry and I put our heads together and thought, well, we really want Terry Gilliam to make it -- we want this to be a Terry Gilliam film. We've said no to lots of people who want to make it into a cool, big commercial film... We decided that it shou
- TERRY GILLIAM'S TIDELAND COMES IN AS MURKY AS EVER
Tideland is a fitting metaphor for the career of Terry Gilliam, who’s braved the choppy waters of movie-making ever since he sailed on to the big screen from those quirky animation sketches he created with England’s Monty Python.
- Art Directors Honor Terry Gilliam - Cinematical
Gilliam will receive the award at the Art Director's Guild Awards on February 17, when the guild also names the winners of its prizes for excellence in production design for 2006. Like other guild awards, the ADG's honors recognize distinct categorie
- film ick: Script Review: The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus By Terry Gilliam And Charles McKeown
Don't ask me how, because I'm not entirely sure myself but through a confusing series of clandestine exchanges, film ick have managed to get ahold of Terry Gilliam and Charles McKeown's script, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. I don't even know when
- film ick: ThinkFilm Think They Know Better Than Terry Gilliam
Gilliam has spoken. His preferred ratio for Tideland on DVD is... drumroll please... 2.25:1 - which, I'm sure you know isn't a standard aspect ratio. He opened the matte up a little from the 2.35:1 cinema release, and this is the master he provided
- TERRY GILLIAM - GOOD OMENS FOR GILLIAM
Terry Gilliam has given new hopes to fans eager to see his long-mooted adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's novel Good Omens.
- GILLIAM TO TILT AT WINDMILLS AGAIN
Director Terry Gilliam disclosed Thursday that he plans to restart production of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote next year after securing rights from the insurance company that paid out $15 million when the movie's sets were destroyed by a flash flood
BRAZIL - It's Only A State Of Mind
Gilliam intended for his dystopian film BRAZIL to open in 1984, but battles with the movie studio over it's "unhappy" ending wound up delaying the film until 1985. Edited to be "less dark" for it's US release, the film didn't catch with the movie public, was praised and awarded by critics and is now considered a cult classic.
The movie follows Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) a corporate drone who has dreams about a mysterious redhead, who constantly covers for the incompetence of his boss (Ian Holm) and who is always being badgered by his mother (Katherine Helmond) about his lack of promotion at his work. One day when he literally sees the girl of his dreams, he decides to take sudden action, which not only breaks up the boredom but threatens to destroy his world.
There are a variety of fantastic supporting roles in this film, including Robert DeNiro as a commando heating engineer, Bob Hoskins as a hysterically-nasty repairman and Michael Palin in what might be called the villain's role. The production design is retro-futuristic, with many 1940s elements incorporated in the look of things.
Official Web Sites
Here are some sites which "officially" talk about Terry Gilliam and his films.
Hello. I'm Daphne, the all-nude Tour Operator for the new Monty Python Web site. I used to work at The International House of Lap Dancing, where I was a Lap Operative for many months before Mr. Monty asked me to come and act as a Tour Guide and Facto
Welcome to the world of TIDELAND, as Terry Gilliam takes us on a wild and surreal adventure with his adaptation of Mitch Cullin's cult classic novel , which follows the young Jeliza-Rose as she drifts from the harsh reality of her childhood and escap
- The Brothers Grimm - The Official Web Site
The Official Web Site for THE BROTHERS GRIMM on DVD from Dimension Home Video. Terry Gilliam (Brazil) depicts the classic world of Grimms' Fairy Tales, with Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, as hapless con artists who wander into an enchanted forest.
- Pythonline > Biographies > Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam Biography by John Cleese. The truly exceptional animated sequences in "Life of Brian" spring from the fertile brain of London, England-based U.C.L.A. graduate TERRY VANCE GILLIAM. Gilliam came to England just 12 years ago for a bet.
THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNSCHAUSEN
Clips and Trailers
Select Films From Terry Gilliam
LOST IN LA MANCHA - The Gilliam Film that Never Was, but Still Might Be
I had the good fortune to see this documentary during its brief theatrical release. If you've ever wondered just what it is that can make a film production implode, you will find this a fascinating film.
Arriving on set to film the making of Gilliam's adaptation of Don Quixote starring Johnny Depp, the filmmakers instead got to watch as the production costs soared, disaster after disaster happened and the entire production was shut down after mere weeks. Wondrous and strange.
One of Gilliam's current wishes is to reclaim the rights to this movie and make the picture.
Terry Gilliam: Film Genius or Madman?
If you read up on the career of Terry Gilliam, you'll see that it's not all uncommon for him to clash with the studios producing his work. Sometimes it's money, sometimes it's time, sometimes it's the slant he's put on the story. What's your take on this? True stories that Gilliam just doesn't like to hear or are the tabloids just trying to pay the rent with the hype?
Do you think Terry Gilliam is a great filmmaker or that he's a director who just can't keep control of his film shoots?