115 Great Directors: Terry Gilliam

“People in Hollywood are not showmen, they’re maintenance men, pandering to what they think their audiences want.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Brazil and Monty Python work.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

What Did I Watch: Brazil.

Where Does He Fit: What’s spooky about Brazil after all these years is that in some ways, it’s an improvement. The attitude of “you lost, get over it” at the start regarding the wars is equivalent to what we have today. The terrorist attacks are probably even more nonsensical, but the bureaucracy seems depressingly nicer if you can make it to the top, with a lot of power and no checks or balances on it. Even the people at the bottom can get away with collectively watching old movies on screens together in a fun little communal experience. But I suppose we didn’t listen to Orwell or Gilliam: one was too cruel, the other too adolescent.


Most Valuable Asset: Adolescence.
Most Excited For: 12 Monkeys.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet’s filmed theater.


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