History Creator / TerryGilliam

4th Dec '16 1:43:21 AM Xtifr
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'''Terrence Vance Gilliam''' (November 22, 1940-) was the only American in the Creator/MontyPython troupe (although he does have British citizenship) and added the most surreal elements of the show through his many animations. As the series progressed, he also did many small roles the other actors didn't want to perform for various reasons, and had very few speaking parts, if you forget his voice acting during the animated segments (one of his most notable lines is "I want more beans!"; he was also Cardinal Fang of the Spanish Inquisition). He wrote a number of the sketches, and from there co-wrote the troupe's three films based on original material with the rest of the troupe, on which he also played much more parts than he usually would in the series. He co-directed ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' and directed the opening segment of ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'', "The Crimson Permanent Assurance".

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'''Terrence Terrence Vance Gilliam''' Gilliam (November 22, 1940-) was the only American in the Creator/MontyPython troupe (although he does have British citizenship) and added the most surreal elements of the show through his many animations. As the series progressed, he also did many small roles the other actors didn't want to perform for various reasons, and had very few speaking parts, if you forget his voice acting during the animated segments (one of his most notable lines is "I want more beans!"; he was also Cardinal Fang of the Spanish Inquisition). He wrote a number of the sketches, and from there co-wrote the troupe's three films based on original material with the rest of the troupe, on which he also played much more parts than he usually would in the series. He co-directed ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' and directed the opening segment of ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'', "The Crimson Permanent Assurance".
7th Oct '16 4:04:12 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: His entire career has been about flights of fancy, so naturally his films tend to rail against iron-fisted bureaucracies and the narrow-minded jobsworths who staff them. Probably the pinnacle of this trope was the beginning of ''Baron Munchausen'', when city administrator Creator/JonathanPryce -- graduating from playing a BeleagueredBureaucrat in {{Film/Brazil}} -- orders the execution of a soldier[[labelnote:*]]''{{Music/Sting}}, in a cameo''[[/labelnote]]. The offense? The soldier was ''so good at his job he made everybody else look bad''. A title card reveals this as "The Age of Reason".



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: His entire career has been about flights of fancy, so naturally his films tend to rail against iron-fisted bureaucracies and the narrow-minded jobsworths who staff them. Probably the pinnacle of this trope was the beginning of ''Baron Munchausen'', when city administrator Creator/JonathanPryce -- graduating from playing a BeleagueredBureaucrat in {{Film/Brazil}} -- orders the execution of a soldier[[labelnote:*]]''{{Music/Sting}}, in a cameo''[[/labelnote]]. The offense? The soldier was ''so good at his job he made everybody else look bad''. A title card reveals this as "The Age of Reason".
7th Oct '16 4:03:25 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* DoingItForTheArt
** ''Tideland''. A fairy tale of the sort modern people do not tell any longer. Absolutely unsuitable for commercial purposes.
** Gilliam in general is a fine example of this. Most filmmakers would have called it a day after barely surviving ''Brazil'' and the ensuing ExecutiveMeddling. The rest would have certainly thrown in the towel after ''The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'' collapsed. Not Mr. Gilliam.



* ProductionPosse: Many actors reappear throughout Gilliam's films:
** Creator/MontyPython members frequently get cast, to the point that some fans misguidedly believe Gilliam's own films are Python productions
** Creator/RobinWilliams: ''The Adventures of Baron Munchausen'' (under a pseudonym) and ''The Fisher King''. He was going to be in ''The Brothers Grimm'' until objections were made by the Weinstein brothers.
** He tends to work with actors on multiple occasions, occasionally after prolonged periods of time, including Creator/HeathLedger, Creator/MattDamon, IanHolm, Creator/JonathanPryce, Creator/JeffBridges, Music/TomWaits, Creator/ChristopherPlummer, Creator/JohnnyDepp and many more.
* RealitySubtext: A lifelong, seemingly futile and endlessly troubled quest to make Don Quixote ... its almost quixotic.



* TroubledProduction: Nearly all of them. Parodied by the man himself [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVW9usMRgNE&feature=related here]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen
** J.K. Rowling originally wanted Gilliam to direct ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' but Creator/WarnerBros ExecutiveMeddling led to Creator/ChrisColumbus being hired. Gilliam has stated:
-->''"I was the perfect guy to do Harry Potter. I remember leaving the meeting, getting in my car, and driving for about two hours along Mulholland Drive just so angry. I mean, Chris Columbus' versions are terrible. Just dull. Pedestrian."''
** Nevertheless, in 2005, Gilliam also stated he would never direct a ''Film/HarryPotter'' movie because he would not enjoy working on a project filled with ExecutiveMeddling.
** Obviously, ''The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'', with Johnny Depp & Jean Rochefort. Gilliam tried to revive the project eight years after the attempt documented in ''Lost in La Mancha'', but it never got past pre-production. However, thanks to a new development deal with [[http://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2015/06/amazon-commits-to-terry-gilliams-lost-don-quixote-film/ Amazon]], it looks like the film will actually get made, with Creator/JohnHurt now in the Quixote role.
** He was approached to direct ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' back sometime in the 1990s, but they took him off the project when he insisted that the only way to do the story justice would be with a big-budget miniseries on a channel like HBO. Many still feel he was right.
** He also turned down offers to direct ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', ''Film/EnemyMine'', and ''Film/ForrestGump''.
** Gilliam has been wanting for ages to direct a film adaptation of ''Literature/GoodOmens'' by Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/NeilGaiman, an idea both authors were on board with, but the film has been languishing in DevelopmentHell for ages.
*** Whenever either Gaiman or Pratchett do a Q&A anywhere, it always seems someone asks about the status of the ''Good Omens'' movie. At one point Gaiman replied, "It's the same as it's always been: Terry Gilliam wants to do it, Terry Gilliam has a script, no one will send Terry Gilliam seventy million dollars."
23rd Sep '16 6:05:51 PM DocStone
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* CrapsackWorld: Several of his films involved depraved or outright crumbled societies.
14th Sep '16 8:56:53 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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** Filming in Spain, [[YourCostumeNeedsWork but not in La Mancha because it isn't picturesque enough]]. Gilliam's choice of filming in Navarre's Las Bárdenas Reales resulted in the sound being ruined by planes exercizing in a nearby NATO base and was ultimately ended by a freak storm that completely changed the landscape (LBR's unique look is caused by its rapid rate of erosion in the first place).

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** Filming in Spain, [[YourCostumeNeedsWork but not in La Mancha because it isn't picturesque enough]]. Gilliam's choice of filming in Navarre's Las Bárdenas Reales resulted in the sound being ruined by planes exercizing exercising in a nearby NATO base and was ultimately ended by a freak storm that completely changed the landscape (LBR's unique look is caused by its rapid rate of erosion in the first place).
14th Sep '16 8:53:43 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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** Gilliam in general is a fine example of this. Most filmmakers would have called it at day after barely surviving ''Brazil'' and the ensuing ExecutiveMeddling. The rest would have certainly thrown in the towel after ''The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'' collapsed. Not Mr. Gilliam.

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** Gilliam in general is a fine example of this. Most filmmakers would have called it at a day after barely surviving ''Brazil'' and the ensuing ExecutiveMeddling. The rest would have certainly thrown in the towel after ''The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'' collapsed. Not Mr. Gilliam.
31st Jul '16 4:26:02 AM Morgenthaler
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** Gilliam has also said that ''Brazil'', ''12 Monkeys'', and ''The Zero Theorem'' make up his [[GeorgeOrwell Orwellian]] triptych.

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** Gilliam has also said that ''Brazil'', ''12 Monkeys'', and ''The Zero Theorem'' make up his [[GeorgeOrwell [[Creator/GeorgeOrwell Orwellian]] triptych.
4th Jul '16 12:31:26 PM tropesinreadiness
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** Obviously, ''The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'', with Johnny Depp & Jean Rochefort. Gilliam tried to revive the project eight years after the attempt documented in ''Man Of La Mancha'', but it never got past pre-production. However, thanks to a new development deal with [[http://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2015/06/amazon-commits-to-terry-gilliams-lost-don-quixote-film/ Amazon]], it looks like the film will actually get made, with Creator/JohnHurt now in the Quixote role.

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** Obviously, ''The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'', with Johnny Depp & Jean Rochefort. Gilliam tried to revive the project eight years after the attempt documented in ''Man Of ''Lost in La Mancha'', but it never got past pre-production. However, thanks to a new development deal with [[http://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2015/06/amazon-commits-to-terry-gilliams-lost-don-quixote-film/ Amazon]], it looks like the film will actually get made, with Creator/JohnHurt now in the Quixote role.
8th May '16 2:26:57 PM spirasen
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** He tends to work with actors on multiple occasions, occasionally after prolonged periods of time, including Creator/HeathLedger, Creator/MattDamon, IanHolm, Creator/JonathanPryce, Creator/JeffBridges, Creator/TomWaits, Creator/ChristopherPlummer, Creator/JohnnyDepp and many more.

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** He tends to work with actors on multiple occasions, occasionally after prolonged periods of time, including Creator/HeathLedger, Creator/MattDamon, IanHolm, Creator/JonathanPryce, Creator/JeffBridges, Creator/TomWaits, Music/TomWaits, Creator/ChristopherPlummer, Creator/JohnnyDepp and many more.
4th May '16 12:03:47 PM Naram-Sin
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** Filming in Spain, [[YourCostumeNeedsWork but not in La Mancha because it isn't picturesque enough]]. Gilliam's choice of filming in varre's Las Bárdenas Reales resulted in the sound being ruined by planes exercizing in a nearby NATO base and was ultimately ended by a freak storm that completely changed the landscape (LBR's unique look is caused by its rapid erosion in the first place).

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** Filming in Spain, [[YourCostumeNeedsWork but not in La Mancha because it isn't picturesque enough]]. Gilliam's choice of filming in varre's Navarre's Las Bárdenas Reales resulted in the sound being ruined by planes exercizing in a nearby NATO base and was ultimately ended by a freak storm that completely changed the landscape (LBR's unique look is caused by its rapid rate of erosion in the first place).
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