Posted by: daveed | October 16, 2009

Gilliam on Gilliam

Odd bit of coincidence. Right after I posted the list of 50 greatest animated films ‘curated’ by Terry Gilliam, I found this mini retrospective via Go Into the Story—Gilliam’s take on all his films, from the legendary Monty Python and the Holy Grail to soon-to-be-released The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus.

Although I’m not a fan of all his films, I do rank some of them as my all-time favorites. I admire Gilliam’s creative tenacity, even when it causes his movies to sometimes run off the rails. There are lessons in his experiences—good and ill—for anyone who wants to go down the rabbit hole of “creativity”.

In related news, Gilliam is back in the saddle with a second attempt at his aborted Don Quixote film. Word of this leaked around April, stating that he had reacquired the film rights. Now it seems that he has the parts he needs—script, actors and budget—to get this cranking. Looking forward to it.


  1. “Even though the script was shot as approved and all of those things, they just weren’t sure, because they’re very nervous people. They’re paid enormous sums of money to be able to predict exactly what the public wants. And I think that can lead to real neuroses on their part because it’s an impossible task.”

    That’s the most reasonable explanation I’ve ever seen for why Hollywood behaves as ridiculously as it does.

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