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Terry Gilliam Visits a Video Retailer & Talks About His Favourite Motion pictures and Actors


Letting a beloved movie director wander by the aisles of a well-stocked video retailer appears like such assured YouTube fodder that it’s a shock it actually hasn’t been carried out till lately. However then I remind myself that the video retailer itself is a factor of the previous, and to see one so nicely stocked, Library of Alexandria model, is information itself. For the above video, the director looking the DVDs is none apart from madcap genius Terry Gilliam. The video retailer is Paris’ JM Video. The chat as anticipated is marvelous. (Solely 20 minutes? I’m certain many people might hearken to Gilliam rabbit on about his favourite movies for twice, thrice that.)

Alongside the best way, listed below are some issues we study:

  • A few of his favourite filmmakers are Stanley Kubrick, Lina Wertmuller, Federico Fellini, and one in every of his present associates, Albert Dupontel, the French actor-director who has used Gilliam in a number of of his movies.
  • He’s thanked within the credit of Tarantino’s Reservoir Canines. Why? As a result of when Tarantino was on the Sundance Institute along with his script, it was solely Gilliam who instantly noticed the sensible screenplay for what it was, and inspired Tarantino to remain true to himself.
  • He’s not a fan of Die Arduous, however it was the scene the place Bruce Willis talks to his spouse whereas choosing glass shards out of his foot that exposed a vulnerability within the actor. It led to Gilliam casting Bruce Willis in 12 Monkeys. Equally, he was in a position to work with Brad Pitt and get him to flip his cool and good-looking demeanor on its head for the manic co-starring position.
  • Gilliam stole the concept of a number of actors taking part in the identical title character in The Imaginarium of Physician Parnassus (after lead actor Heath Ledger died throughout taking pictures) from Luis Buñuel’s
    That Obscure Object of Want. In that movie, two ladies play the identical character interchangeably. If it’s ok for Buñuel…
  • Eisenstein’s Ivan the Horrible (components one and two) is a “harmful” movie, as a result of it was one in every of Putin’s most watched films. (Not that we must always cease watching Eisenstein.) Gilliam’s means of announcing Putin as “poutine” is intentional, no?
  • Being a fan of Monty Python was a great way of getting forged in a Gilliam movie. The director is aware of he would haven’t labored with Sean Connery (in Time Bandits) or Robert DeNiro (in Brazil) if each didn’t know his work on the traditional comedy. (It additionally helps to have producers who go {golfing} with A-list actors.)
  • He disses Christopher Nolan (“technically sensible” however then “the movies develop into video video games” with “no gravity”), and repeats a swipe in opposition to Spielberg’s Schindler’s Checklist that he heard from Kubrick. (“It’s a movie about success.”)
  • He imagines a greater closing edit to Shut Encounters that ends upon seeing the legs of the alien because the hatch opens. Then we’d have had one thing to speak about on the best way house, he says.

There’s one other video within the sequence that includes David Cronenberg, together with visits from Michael Bay, Asghar Farhadi, Audrey Diwan, Dario Argento, and lots of extra.

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Terry Gilliam on the Distinction Between Kubrick & Spielberg: Kubrick Makes You Suppose, Spielberg Wraps Every little thing Up with Neat Little Bows

Terry Gilliam Explains His By no means-Ending Fascination with Botticelli’s “The Delivery of Venus”

Ted Mills is a contract author on the humanities who at present hosts the Notes from the Shed podcast and is the producer of KCRW’s Curious Coast. It’s also possible to comply with him on Twitter at @tedmills, and/or watch his movies right here.



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