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TERRY GILLIAM first came to recognition in 1969 as the only American member of the "Monty Python's Flying Circus” TV Series, part of a collaboration with Terry Jones, Mike Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Graham Chapman. Gilliam was responsible for writing, crafting the animated sequences and occasionally performing for what became a wildly popular television show. His first feature film "Monty Python And The Holy Grail” was co-directed with Terry Jones and was soon followed by his solo directorial debut, "Jabberwocky.” Gilliam then went on to direct "Time Bandits,” a surreal journey through history led by a small boy and several dwarves, featuring John Cleese.

After directing the "Crimson Permanent Assurance” opening sequence of "Monty Python's Meaning of Life,” he made what many consider his masterpiece: "Brazil,” starring Robert De Niro. In addition to critical praise and a Los Angeles Film Critics' award for Best Film, Gilliam received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay. It was four years before he directed "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,” a return to historical fantasy. This was followed by "The Fisher King” starring Jeff Bridges, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director. The film also won the Silver Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.

In 1995 Gilliam returned to the director's chair with the star-studded science fiction epic "12 Monkeys,” which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. He went on to make "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 novel, for which he also wrote the screenplay. The film starred Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro and was invited to screen in competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. In 2000, Gilliam started production on his lifelong dream, "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” collaborating with Depp for a second time. Unfortunately, severe problems led to the production being shut down within the first weeks of filming, against his wishes. He most recently completed the children's fantasy "Tideland.”


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