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By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I hate losing laughs; they're rare things.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terry Gilliam

What I want to do is make films that astonish people, that astound people, and I hope you want to do that too. It's easy to make money. It's easy to make films like everybody else. But to make films that explode like grenades in people's heads and leave shrapnel for the rest of their lives is a very important thing. That's what the great filmmakers did for me. I've got images from Fellini, from Bergman, from Kurowsawa, from Bunuel, all stuck in my brain.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I have always got medicine I want to give to people.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terry Gilliam

When it came to slaughtering sacred cows with such crude yet perfect musical precision, there was no one better than Frank. I wonder what songs he's teaching the angels right now? Good luck God! You've got your hands full this time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

All films are learning processes. I am still trying to work out how you make a movie. I didn't study at film school or any of those things. I didn't bother with film theory.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

Every few years when it's been another five years that have passed and I haven't made a film and the depression starts taking over totally, I allow myself to do a commercial. And then I feel really dirty and get to work promptly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

Talent is less important in filmmaking than patience.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terry Gilliam

The more money you have to work with, the more people you have to deal with that you probably don't want to be spending time dealing with.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I do want to say things in these films. I want audiences to come out with shards stuck in them. I don't care if people love my films or walk out, as long as they have a strong response.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

Invariably, what I'm trying to do is more ambitious than the budget, but we manage to do it somehow.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

[Steven Spielberg's films] are comforting, they always give you answers and I don't think they're very clever answers. The success of most Hollywood films these days is down to fact that they're comforting. They tie things up in nice little bows and give you answers, even if the answers are stupid, you go home and you don't have to think about it. The great filmmakers make you go home and think about it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I've always sworn that not having enough money has saved me from mediocrity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

If you really want your films to say something that you hope is unique, then patience and stamina, thick skin and a kind of stupidity, a mule-like stupidity, is what you really need.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I was an incredible Anglophile. I found people who shared the same sense of humor and attitude toward the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I was doing political cartoons and getting angry to the point where I felt I was going to have to start making and throwing bombs. I thought I was probably a better cartoonist than a bomb maker.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terry Gilliam

They all sort of get mixed up in my head, to be quite honest. They're all dealing with similar things. It's about how you deal with reality, by ignoring it sometimes, reinventing it other times, and that's how you get through it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I think that's the problem with kids now. Everything is manufactured. And then they're sitting there watching the television, where all the work is done for them. Radio made me use my imagination.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

It's hard for me to worry about the studios losing money. I'm not very sympathetic to their money problems, because they certainly haven't been sympathetic to mine.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

Nooo! Leave that to George Lucas, he' s really mastered the CGI acting. That scares me! I hate it! Everybody is so pleased and excited by it. Animation is animation. Animation is great. But it's when you're now taking what should be films full of people, living thinking, breathing, flawed creatures and you're controlling every moment of that, it's just death to me. It's death to cinema, I can't watch those Star Wars films, they're dead things.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

The forces that run the world always try to keep things under control. The population might be having a wonderful time, buying iPods and going to nice restaurants, but I still feel they're all kind of under control.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I find Hollywood gives these pat stories, and they're reassuring stories, and I don't really want to give people that. Hollywood does all that work. I'm offering, sometimes, an alternative to that. The answers aren't black-and-white. There may not even be answers in certain instances. The ground is not necessarily solid, either. So you've got to keep awake the whole time, even after the movie is over.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I got tired of my taxes paying for exciting little wars around the world. Then I discovered that when I died, my wife would probably have to sell our house to pay for the taxes in America.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terry Gilliam

You get trapped by stories. Though I've got this reputation for being out of control, it's not true, it just happens to be a more interesting story than the truth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I can feel my dreams but I can't remember them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

Port Talbot is a steel town, where everything is covered with gray iron ore dust.  Even the beach is completely littered with dust, it's just black.  The sun was setting, and it was quite beautiful.  The contrast was extraordinary, I had this image of a guy sitting there on this dingy beach with a portable radio, tuning in these strange Latin escapist songs like 'Brazil.'  The music transported him somehow and made his world less gray.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I got my head bashed in at a demonstration against the Vietnam War. Police were losing control because they were up against a world they really didn't understand.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terry Gilliam

The success of the Hollywood marketing machine is to limit what we see. Not just to limit what we can see, but also to limit our expectations - to limit what we want to see.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

Nobody went to see Tideland! I was hoping people would get angry about it but those that saw it didn't want to talk about it. This is the world we're living in, people don't want to discuss things that are actually worth discussing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I don't think you ever learn just one thing. At some point you start unlearning things. I have been working hard to unlearn everything I know.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

Literally overnight, I became an animator... and one that was well-known.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terry Gilliam

Well, I really want to encourage a kind of fantasy, a kind of magic. I love the term magic realism, whoever invented it – I do actually like it because it says certain things. It's about expanding how you see the world. I think we live in an age where we're just hammered, hammered to think this is what the world is. Television's saying, everything's saying 'That's the world.' And it's not the world. The world is a million possible things.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terry Gilliam

To me, the stories that have always intrigued me are the stories of people leaving my movies and being affected by them. They walk home 20 blocks the wrong way. Or they lock themselves in their office. Or they find themselves weeping when in the shower after the film. And those intrigue me, because I know I've touched something inside them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I was born in 1940 in Minnesota and grew up in the country... dirt roads, swamps, lakes, woods.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I'm a cartoonist, it's what I am at heart, so cartoons take reality and deform it and make it grotesque, you make it funny, but you alter it. If it works, it's based on reality. That's what I try to do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I'm more prone to anarchy than I am to control - even though I'm a film director.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

John Cleese was with a group called Cambridge Circus, who had come to New York, and we became friends. Years later that produced a certain team effort.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

Because I dislike being quoted I lie almost constantly when talking about my work.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

The English are such a frightened, nervous, insecure group of people - they no longer rule the world!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I just like the fact I can make a film which might give comfort to some people who think they are the only crazy person in the world and suddenly they see there are two crazy people in the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I want brave people. Fearless ones. A good actor just goes out and leaps off the edge and develops wings on his way down, hopefully. That's the kind of people I really enjoy working with. Playing safe isn't much fun. I like danger. It's controlled danger, always, and that's why I hope I don't lure too many good actors down into the pits with me, because I hope they maintain their own unique talents.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I like being a patron of things, I like patronizing things. And if it's not going to be people, I'll patronize a festival.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terry Gilliam

Writers do the self-censoring before they even get to the studio executive, because they know the film will not run that gauntlet. They, because they want to get their films made, they censor it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terry Gilliam

There are moments when television systems are young and haven't formed properly, and there's room for lots of original stuff. Then things become more and more top-heavy with executives who are trying to guarantee the success of things.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

Reality and fantasy, we need both of those to survive. If we don't have fantasy, dreams and all of those things, what's the point of carrying on? And you need to watch out for reality because buses come.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

A lot of people seem to get carried away that something that's made out of paper mâché is going to be better than not. And I always thought the original King Kong, that terrible little puppet with its hair going in all directions, was far more magical than Peter Jackson's incredibly beautifully rendered King Kong. So there's something to be said for a more primitive version of things. I think it's because it makes the audience work a little bit more, because you've got to invest it with life and reality, so I like doing that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I never define depression, clinical or otherwise. It's the basis of most life, it seems to me, in the modern world. We're all depressed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

It's the shock of the world if you allow yourself to disconnect from the world and forget it's out there, how noisy it is, how busy it is, how invasive it is.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I think [Hollywood] has achieved everything they’ve always dreamed of. The audience now seems to be very dumb. They pay money to watch the same film. Now, you could argue, that's because it makes them feel comfortable. When they go to a movie now, it's almost like hearing a pop song. You know the rhythms, you know when the downbeat is going to come, you know when the explosion is going to come… And so as life becomes more complex, as the economy is in trouble, people cling to what makes them comfortable, so they go again and again to see the same movie.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terry Gilliam

I was getting frustrated with America. It's interesting how as simple a thing as, like, letting your hair grow longer changed in the world in those days.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terry Gilliam

In advertising, I was frustrated by having to deal with the client. It was the only time I really worked in a proper office, and I didn't like it-simple as that.