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Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam (born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on November 22, 1940) is a film director.

Erstwhile member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, and principal artist-animator of the surreally bizarre cartoons with which it was frequently interspersed, Terry Gilliam has gone on to become a film director. Gilliam's Brazil is known among cineastes as a drastic example of things that can go wrong when a director does not have final cut and the studio steps in to "take control" of a situation it sees as spiralling out of control; Gilliam's battles with the studio are notorious and well documented.

His films have a distinctive look, often recognizable from just a short clip. There is often a baroqueness about the movies, with, for instance, computer monitors in one film equipped with magnifying lenses, and in another a red knight covered with flapping bits of cloth. He also is given to incongruous juxtapositions, say of beauty and ugliness, or antique and modern.

Gilliam is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles and was the only American member of Monty Python.

Films directed:

Gilliams' unsuccessful efforts to film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, based on Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote, was the subject of the documentary Lost in La Mancha.