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Fri, 19 Jan 1996 08:37:48 +0900
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Greg Bryant wrote:
> On Sun, 14 Jan 1996, Kristine J Butler (Kristine Butler) wrote:
> >
> > It would be interesting to look at the three films by Gilliam as a
> > "trilogy" (Brazil, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys).  Gilliam has definitely
> > developed an oeuvre that is worth examining.
> That is an interesting idea...however, I believe that Gilliam already has
> a trilogy, made up of _Time Bandits_, _Brazil_, and _Baron Munchausen_,
> all grouped together by the shared theme of blending of reality and
> fantasy (the operative definition for fantasy being that the action takes
> place solely within a person's mind).  In each film, the characters (and
> audience for that matter) do not know when they are in reality or in a
> fantasy world of their own creation, at least until Gilliam chooses to let
> us all (characters and audience) know.
> Still this blending of reality and fantasy has been a consistent theme in
> most of his films.
> Of course, I may be speaking out of turn, as I have not yet seen _12
> Monkeys_, and I have been avoiding spoilers.  One thing more to note, is
> that with Bandits, Brazil, and Baron, Gilliam took more of a role as
> creator/director/autuer, while with Fisher King and 12 he was a hired
> director working from someone elses script (which still doesn't preclude
> Gilliam from imposing his own distinctive stamp on each).
> By the way, hello to all.  I'm a new member of this list, and I have
> enjoyed reading all of your posts for the past several weeks.  I am a
> reference librarian at a public library in Southwest Ohio, and a film
> aficionado.  Personal interests include American, foreign language,
> and documentary films.  As you might guess, many of my library customers
> ask me for recommendations of what to watch.
> -------------------------
>     * Greg Bryant *
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