Terry Gilliam Is Not Dead (Yet)

This program was originally broadcast on October 21, 2015.

Visionary director, screenwriter and legendary Monty Python member, Terry Gilliam takes us inside his hyper-creative mind.

The back cover of Terry Gilliam's new memoir, "Gilliamesque." (Courtesy the Author / Harper Design)
The back cover of Terry Gilliam's new memoir, "Gilliamesque." (Courtesy the Author / Harper Design)

Director, screenwriter, animator Terry Gilliam was the one and only American-born member of Britain’s Monty Python comedy team. Gave Monty Python its unforgettable visual stamp – the crazy Victoriana cutouts of zany old photos and stomping feet. Directed "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," then a string of very distinctively Terry Gilliam films:  "Time Bandits," "Brazil," "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," "The Fisher King," "Twelve Monkeys," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Now he’s telling his own story. Always fighting the machine. This hour On Point,  Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam.
-- Tom Ashbrook


Terry Gilliam, screenwriter, director, actor and animator. Author of the new memoir, "Gilliamesque: A Pre-Posthumous Memoir." His films include "Brazil," "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas" and "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen." (@TerryGilliam)

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Telegraph: 'A handsome memoir' -- "Gilliam arrived in London in the summer of 1967, abandoning a promising career in advertising and a covetable house in Laurel Canyon to follow his girlfriend, journalist Glenys Roberts, to England. In effect, Gilliam found a way to 'brand' the Pythons, by co-opting the distinctive Sixties-era Victoriana seen on the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper cover or in the clothing store I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet. Gilliam's carnivalesque lettering and his animated cut-outs of stomping feet and bathing beauties tied the sketches together."

The Guardian: Terry Gilliam laughs off Variety's dead Python blunder — "Reports of Terry Gilliam’s death may have been greatly exaggerated, but that hasn’t stopped the film director and Monty Python troupe member from taking great pleasure in confirming them. After Hollywood film industry bible Variety mistakenly announced that Gilliam had passed away, sparking a torrent of mirth at its faux pas, the UK-based film-maker has taken to Facebook to 'apologize for being dead'."

Entertainment Weekly: Terry Gilliam to finally make his Don Quixote movie as part of Amazon deal — "Terry Gilliam has been talking about making a Don Quixote movie forever—or at least since the 1990s. In 1998, he went into production in Spain with Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort—but virtually everything went wrong and the plug was pulled. 'It’s obsessive… desperate… pathetic… foolish,' said Gilliam in 2014, referring to his dream to make a film based on Cervantes’ classic. 'It’s this growth, this tumor that’s become part of my system that has to get out if I’m to survive.'"


Read An Excerpt Of "Gilliamesque" By Terry Gilliam

This program aired on December 25, 2015. The audio for this program is not available.


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