Plenty of filmmakers have wildly imaginative careers, but none have been quite as playful and engaging as former Monty Python troupe member Terry Gilliam. And O Cinema Wynwood, known for picking intriguing films and presenting unexpected but deserving classics, is exactly the theater primed to explore such a filmmaker's varied career.
The retrospective of Terry Gilliam's career, which kicked off at the very beginning with Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Monday, covered a fair chunk of his filmography. For those unaware of Gilliam's hand in cinema, his work includes some well-loved and widely-known flicks like Brazil, 12 Monkeys, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, among others. The retrospective has featured all of the above, excluding 12 Monkeys, plus three others -- Time Bandits, The Fisher King, and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen -- all of which are worth checking out or rewatching.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the kind of comedy everyone has seen, and an immensely rewatchable one at that, but it's also one of two works that have already shown. The other is the classic time-travel adventure film Time Bandits, which is a delightful little work about a young man and a group of dwarves who journey together.
The mad world of Gilliam offers more surprises, some of which come ready to deliver psychedelic pleasures for the midnight movie crowd (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), while others offer a family-friendly realm of adventure (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen). Needless to say, they've been scheduled at just the right time for both those audiences appreciate them.
Gilliam's latest Christoph Waltz starring film, The Zero Theorem, is opening on Friday, September 26. It's the kind of film fans of this visual master have been waiting long for, especially after The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus wasn't quite as well received as some anticipated. But with the trailer proving more reminiscent to Brazil than any of the filmmaker's other works, it sure looks promising.
It certainly goes to show just how massive a force he is in filmmaking, when half a decade later, we're here and celebrating the wonderful delirium that is Terry Gilliam.
The Zero Theorem will screen Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at 11.