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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Terry Gilliam

The Crimson Permanent Assurance's old-timers work in abysmal conditions under the watchful eye of a group of young executives who have just taken over the company. When the newly arrived upstart yuppies sack an elderly accountant, all hell breaks out and the building sets sail like a pirate ship to conquer the tempestuous financial briny.


A cartoonista and comedian, Terry Gilliam (Minneapolis, 1940), worked in New York for the famous editor of Mad, Harvey Kurtzman. In 1967 he moved to London to be with his English actor friend John Cleese, who introduced him to Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, the original members of the then soon-to-be Monty Python team. Together with this squad, Gilliam participated in films with a particular brand of corrosive humour, such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) and Monty Python's Meaning of Life (1983). 

During his period with Monty Python, Gilliam also went solo on the direction of two films, Jabberwocky (1977) and Time Bandits (1981). The group's split-up marked the start of Gilliam's most creative and personal period:  Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989), The Fisher King (1991), 12 Monkeys (1995) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), the latter of which was a source of great controversy. 

Far from sticking to one particular tack, Gilliam still sees cinema as a field for research, whether formal -his origins as an ilustrator are still indelibly stamped on his images- or in the field of stories, which surprinsingly mix the most biting and cruel of mumorous with tragic pessimism. 

This retrospective will include a book entitled Terry Gilliam. El soñador rebelde, written by Jordi Costa and Sergi Sánchez and which will analyse his whole career to date.

TERRY JONES , TERRY GILLIAM (The Crimson Permanent Assurance)
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Roger Pratt (The Crimson Permanent Assurance), Peter Hannan
Julian Doyle
John Du Prez
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle The Crimson Permanent Assurance: Sydney Arnold, Guy Bertrand, Andrew Bricknell, Ross Davidson
Running Time
107 m.
United Kingdom
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