Director: Terry Gilliam
Script: Charles McKeown, Terry Gilliam
Photography: Giuseppe Rotunno
Editor: Peter Hollywood
Music: Michael Kamen
Cast: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Uma Thurman, Oliver Reed
Production: Prominent Features, Laura Film, Allied Filmmakers
Country: UK, Germany
The fantastic tale of an 18th century aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the improbable adventures.
The only American member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Terry Gilliam graduated in political science from Occidental College in Los Angeles, moved to New York and became Assistant Editor of “Help! Magazine” and a freelance cartoonist. In 1967 he left America for England and started a new life as an animator.
Having got his name up on the silver screen as Co-Director of Monty Python and The Holy Grail, he has subsequently managed to fool people into believing that he has been totally responsible for such films as Jabberwocky,Time Bandits, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Brothers Grim, Tideland, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Zero Theorem and finally, after more than 25 years, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
To keep himself busy in between films he plunged into the world of opera in 2012 directing for the English National Opera, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust and, in 2014, Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini.
His films and operas have won many awards and lost even more.