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JABBERWOCKY

Jabberwocky

Although he’d co-directed Monty Python And The Holy Grail with Terry Jones, Jabberwocky was his first solo outing behind the camera. Gilliam was entranced by the slithy toves and frumious Bandersnatches of Lewis Carroll’s original nonsense verse, and combined this with plenty of Pythonesque humour. In fact, the Python influences are so strong that not only does it star Michael Palin (and feature a Terry Jones cameo), it was actually marketed in America and beyond as Monty Python’s Jabberwocky. Nonetheless, with its loathing of bureaucracy, grotesque practical effects, and sense of joyful chaos, it is unmistakably Gilliam’s brainchild. After all, when the Jabberwocky eventually falls to its death (spoiler!), it was in reality just the actor genuinely tripping over.
 

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