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

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It wouldn’t be a Gilliam film without a trippy fantasy sequence. Whether it’s an angelic Jonathan Pryce battling a scary samurai, Christoph Waltz floating naked towards a black hole, or Jodelle Ferland with her creepy doll heads, the director never restrains his surreal imagination. Anyone familiar with his Python animations (and who isn’t?) will know to expect the unexpected in anything he turns his hand to. It’s not all from his own twisted mind, though: Gilliam’s first solo directing effort, Jabberwocky, was ripped from the strange pages of Lewis Carroll, while The Brothers Grimm was taken from, er... the Brothers Grimm. Still, Gilliam’s relentless ingenuity has also on occasion saved his films: when Heath Ledger died halfway through filming Parnassus, only Gilliam could envision three different actors replacing him and have it make complete sense.
 

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