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THE FISHER KING
Terry Gilliam

Acerbic disc jockey Jack Lucas unintentionally prompts a listener with whom he has just had a phone conversation to go into a bar and mow down half of its customers with a shotgun. With his career in ruins, Jack is rescued from the brink of suicide by Parry, an ex-professor of medieval history who convinces Lucas he has been chosen for a sacred mission: to recover the Holy Grail.
BIOGRAPHY

TERRY GILLIAM

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.

CAST & CREW
Director
TERRY GILLIAM
Screenplay
Richard LaGravenese
Photography
Roger Pratt
Edition
Lesley Walker
Music
George Fenton
Cast
Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer
Running Time
137 m.
Country
USA
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