Terry Gilliam Week

Time BanditsWith the last three theme weeks being genre focused I think it is high time we return to looking at a particular director’s oeuvre.  And who better than the towering dynamo of imagination that is Terry Gilliam?

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His work is most notable for it’s themes of the the wonders imagination contrasted with dark and foreboding worlds that are often very dystopian.  Gilliam first came to public prominence as a member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, providing the surreal animations for the comedy troupe.  His first feature film directorial gig was shared with fellow Python Terry Jones when they together handled Monty Python and the Holy Grail and from there Gilliam has just gotten weirder.

12 monkeysI have reviewed two of his film’s previously (Brazil and Zero Theorem) both of which focused on science fiction and social commentary and while those themes will certainly be seen repeated in more film’s here, there is a lot more to uncover about the enigmatic Mr. Gilliam.

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