The Films Of Terry Gilliam
Fall Repertory Series
September 6 - 12, 2006
Despite the fact that his career includes as many infamously unfinished films as completed masterpieces, the visionary director Terry Gilliam continues to prevail as a vital voice in contemporary film. Surely one of the most determined filmmakers ever, Gilliam cobbles together budgets from multitudes of international sources and consistently draws from a pool of amazing actors for his idiosyncratic projects. In celebration of his newest feature, the dark and challenging Alice In Wonderland-esque Tideland, the Brattle has put together a tribute to Gilliam that includes all of his best-known films and a couple of rarely screened gems. Plus, don't miss the Brattle's special premiere screening of Tideland in this year's Boston Fantastic Film Festival!
(1985) dir Terry Gilliam w/Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins [142 min]
Considered by many to be the pinnacle of Gilliam's career, BRAZIL weaves a contorted, modern nightmare as poor, disheveled Sam Lowry (Pryce) is mistaken for a dangerous radical in a future dystopia choked by skyscrapers, pollution and bureaucratic red tape.
Brattle Theatre Film Notes for BRAZIL
Double Feature w/ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN
Update: Due to issues with print availability, we will be unable to screen TIME BANDITS. MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL will screen in its place. We apologize for the change and assure you that we too are disappointed.
(1981) dir Terry Gilliam w/Craig Warnock, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Malcolm Dixon, Mike Edmonds, Jack Purvis, Tiny Ross, Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Ralph Richardson, David Warner [110 min]
A glorious evocation of the desires and fears of childhood, TIME BANDITS weaves an enchanting tale of a boy's ultimate fantasy come true as Kevin (Warnock) is swept away to a fantasy world and into events of universe-shattering consequence. Gilliam's ability to merge a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of myths and legends with dark humor and elemental themes is in full force here.
Double Feature w/TIME BANDITS
ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN
(1988) dir Terry Gilliam w/John Neville, Sarah Polley, Eric Idle [126 min]
Thoroughly underrated, MUNCHAUSEN is one of Gilliam's most enjoyable tales but the film ultimately bombed and wound up (unfairly) branding Gilliam as a dangerous, expensive filmmaker. In reality, this film is another tapestry of historical, mythological and literary references that portrays the stirring last legend of Baron Munchausen, a swashbuckling hero in his autumn years.
Double Feature w/JABBERWOCKY
(Also screening on Sat 9/9 at in place of TIME BANDITS)
MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL
(1975) dir Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones w/Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Gilliam, Jones, Michael Palin, Connie Booth, Carol Cleveland [95 min]
Gilliam co-directed this outrageous, hilarious send-up of one of Britain's most sacred legends. King Arthur and his silly English k-nig-ts are gloriously skewered in this bizarre swords and sorcery extravaganza. An immensely ridiculous comic masterpiece.
Double Feature w/MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL
(1977) dir Terry Gilliam w/Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell, Max Wall [105 min]
In his first non-Python directing gig, Gilliam serves up a medieval tale of knights, monsters, fishmongers and peasant heroes. Michael Palin is in the lead as the hapless Dennis Cooper who sets off to find his fortune. Once in the city, Dennis can't keep himself out of trouble. He runs afoul of the king and, to win the hand of a princess, he must defeat The Jabberwock, a dragon that is terrorizing the land.
FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
(1998) dir Terry Gilliam w/Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro [118 min]
Leave it to Gilliam to film one of the world's most unfilmable novels. The late, great Hunter S. Thompson's legendary gonzo account of sex, drugs, and, well, more drugs in the desert is, in its own, a bizarre, psychedelic road trip into insanity. But, married with Gilliam's truly inspired vision, it becomes a warped evocation of America on acid. Welcome to Bat Country!
Double Feature w/TWELVE MONKEYS
THE FISHER KING
(1991) dir Terry Gilliam w/Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer [137 min]
Williams plays Parry, a homeless man with a haunted past who has escaped into a fantasy realm where he believes he is on a quest for the legendary Holy Grail in modern day New York City. Bridges is the equally troubled talk-radio host who tries to help Parry get a grip but, instead, finds himself redeemed by a brush with fantasy. Gilliam's return to the Arthurian legends is far more reverent and carries the most emotional weight of any of his films.
Double Feature w/THE FISHER KING
(1995) dir Terry Gilliam w/Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, David Morse [129 min]
A disturbing mobius strip of a film, TWELVE MONKEYS is, simultaneously, a time-travel movie, a meditation on mental illness, an action thriller, and an epic romance. Willis proves his depth in this film about a man from the future who is forced to go back in time to try and stop a nightmare terrorist attack that has destroyed life on Earth as we know it.