Beyond the banal surface of reality: Terry Gilliam interview

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This interview was made in mid-September 2005 during Lund International Fantastic Film Festival in Sweden. Terry Gilliam arrived the day before to receive a lifetime achievement award at a prize ceremony held in the twelfth century crypt of the town's cathedral followed by a preview screening of The Brothers Grimm. Tideland was not part of the programme. It would be screened a week later in San Sebastin and I had only seen bits and pieces of the film. Consequently, this interview, geared in constant overdrive within a half-an-hour time frame, is mostly about The Brothers Grimm. Then again, as Terry Gilliam is a man with a distinct personal vision, a series of abandoned projects but still on the constant lookout for money in order to continue to make films his way, the interview continuously took off into various directions.

Keywords: Hunter S. Thompson; Johnny Depp; Monty Python; Terry Gilliam; fairy tale; fantasy; realism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/fiin.4.1.60

Publication date: February 1, 2006

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