by Hans ten Cate
thanks to Phil Stubbs, Editor, Dreams: The Terry Gilliam Fanzine
Monday, 31 May 1999

Here are excerpts from a recent press release about a new book celebrating the art, life, an films of Python Terry Gilliam. New York City fans should note that Terry will be promoting this book (along with author Bob McCabe) in New York June 8 through 10...

The new book, Dark Knights & Holy Fools: The Art and Films of Terry Gilliam (Universe/Rizzoli; $49.95, hardcover, ISBN: 0-7893-0290-X/$29.95, paperback; ISBN: 0-7893-0265-9; 200 color illustrations; publication date: May 1999) by BBC film critic, Bob McCabe, with a foreword by Terry Gilliam, is the first and only authorized, comprehensive study of one of today's most original, challenging, and visionary filmmakers.

The book spans from before the Python days to beyond Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, chronicling the work of this gifted animator, actor, artist, and director. Through a series of interviews and with complete access to his archives, Bob McCabe fleshes out the complete Terry Gilliam story. He tells of Gilliam's boyhood in rural Medicine Lake, Minnesota, his start as an illustrator and animator, his work as a sketch writer on the seminal British television series Do Not Adjust Your Set, and his life-altering meeting with the team that would eventually become Monty Python's Flying Circus. For the \ first time ever, Gilliam talks in detail about the creation of one of television's most influential shows, including the work, the relationships and those fabulous animations.

Using Gilliam's own drawings, storyboards, and scripts, DARK KNIGHTS & HOLY FOOLS recreates his film career, examining in detail his striking visual sense and labyrinthine stories of man against bureaucracy (Brazil, 12 Monkeys), triumphant tales of imagination defeating mediocrity (Time Bandits, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King) and, of course, something completely different (Monty Python and the Holy Grail). McCabe takes the reader beyond Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Gilliam discusses other projects on the horizon as well as the great "unmade" films (the Gormenghast trilogy, Watchmen, and A Scanner Darkly, among others).


Terry Gilliam will be in New York City, June 8 through 10 promoting the book along with the book's author Bob McCabe.

Tuesday, June 8 at 7:00 PM - Spend an Evening with Terry Gilliam at the Guggenheim Museum at 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
http:// www.guggenheim.org/ soho/

Thursday, June 10 at 8:00 PM - Book signing at the Soho Rizzoli bookstore, 454 W. Broadway

Additionally, each chapter features a new, previously unpublished in-depth interview with Gilliam in which his movies are assessed as a complete body of work within the context of his life. McCabe also interviews Robin Williams, Benicio Del Toro, Richard LaGravanese, Johnny Depp, and Michael Palin.

Bob McCabe is a renowned writer and journalist. He has worked as a film critic for the Express on Sunday and for the BBC. He is a regular contributor to Empire and Q magazines. In addition he has written for Premiere, Sight and Sound, Film Review, the Evening Standard, the Daily Mirror, the Express, and has been film editor for Vox magazine, Blah, Blah, Blah and Comedy Review. He is the author of a number of books, the most recent being on the film The Exorcist.

Universe Publishing is a division of Rizzoli International Publications. A leading publisher of pop-culture and entertainment books, other titles in this imprint include No Excuses: Workout for Life by Antonio Sabato, Jr., Heavenly by Donald Reuter, Unmistakably Mackie by Frank DeCaro, DKNY: Soul of the City by Donna Karan, Visionaire's Fashion 2001 by Stephen Gan, and The Parisian Woman's Guide to Style by Virginie and Veronique Morana.

Thanks go to Phil Stubbs (phil@dreams.u-net.com) for passing along information about the book release and Terry Gilliam events. Please visit his very wonderful Terry Gilliam Fanzine at http://www.smart.co.uk/dreams/