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The A-Z Of Terry Gilliam
An alphabetical guide to the singular - and possibly cursed - director

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KNIGHTS

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Given his apparent preoccupation with silly English kniggits, it’s fairly surprising Mr. Gilliam has never done a full-on swords and suits of armour epic. As it stands, though, we have knights in Jabberwocky, Time Bandits, Brazil, The Fisher King, and of course The Holy Grail. Oh, and let’s not forget the eponymous Spaniard in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. As played by Jean Rochefort, Don Quixote is a faithful, fleshed out version of the famous Picasso silhouette, with his cobbled together armour and trusty horse. In fact, Cervantes’ original novel is hugely preoccupied with themes of chivalry and knighthood, so Gilliam’s obsession shouldn’t be too surprising.

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