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Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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“The book is lavishly packed with entertaining stories and visual asides, photos, drawings, and illustrations, most accompanied by the author’s pithy commentary and reflections.” (Kirkus Review)
“Legendary film director—and member of the fabulous Monty Python sketch-comedy troupe—Terry Gilliam has filled his autobiography with never-before-seen drawings and artwork, as well as a chronicling of his life” (Penthouse Magazine)
“...a candid and illuminating Declaration of Principles in which the author emerges as his own Quixote.” (Chicago Tribune)
” Gilliamesque is a guide from someone who has been in the trenches of Hollywood who isn?t afraid to share how it really works. ” (Quartz)
“It’s chock full of intimate stories about life as a Python and both A-list Hollywood and indie director, but it is also unlike any other memoir in recent memory, with loads of stunning illustrations and Gilliam’s handwritten asides, giving each chapter layer upon layer of insight.” (Esquire)
“...cheerful and breezy...visually extraordinary throughout...an entertaining read for anyone curious to learn more about one of the most audacious filmmakers of our time.” (RogerEbert.com/Balder & Dash)
“His very funny new book, GILLIAMESQUE: A Pre-Posthumous Memoir...is a memoir as chaotic and irresistible as his animation . . .” (New York Times Book Review)
Finally - in glorious technicolour - the illustrated memoir from the legendary director, animator and founding member of Monty Python, Terry Gilliam --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Gilliamesque" covers his life to date, beginning with his early years in Minnesota, through his time in California and New York, and then his auspicious move to England that ultimately led to his joining the Pythons and spending decades behind the camera making bizarre, luscious art. Interspersed throughout the book, you see pictures, drawings, and other memorabilia that help further illustrate his life (no pun intended). Little drips of paint are all over the place, giving the impression of the book as a canvas--which, really, it is, when you think about his life as having been colored in by his experiences and reactions to the various challenges and opportunities he's had over the course of his nearly 76 years on Planet Earth.
As someone who's only ever really seen Gilliam's work from the outside, having this inside view of his thought patterns, the events that formed and shaped his ideas, and the challenges that he's encountered really gave me a far better sense of why I have enjoyed his work. Gilliam is unapologetically creative, to the point where he makes it perfectly clear that he's not afraid to push buttons (regardless of whether that was the intent). I am so glad I bought this book, and now I can't wait to re-watch his films with an all-new perspective on the mad genius that created them.