A Pre-posthumous Memoir
Harper Design, 9780062380746, 352pp.
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
The screenwriter, innovative animator, highly acclaimed visionary film director, and only non-British member of Monty Python offers an intimate glimpse into his world in this fascinating memoir illustrated with hand-drawn sketches, notes, and memorabilia from his personal archive.
From his no-frills childhood in the icy wastes of Minnesota, to some of the hottest water Hollywood had to offer, via the cutting edge of 1960s and ’70s counter-culture in New York, L.A. and London, Terry Gilliam’s life has been as vivid, entertaining and unorthodox as one of his films.
Telling his story for the first time, the director of Time Bandits, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas—not to mention co-founder of Monty Python’s Flying Circus—recalls his life so far. Packed with never-before-seen artwork, photographs and commentary, Gilliamesque blends the visual and the verbal with scabrous wit and fascinating insight.
Gilliam’s “pre-posthumous memoir” also features a cast of amazing supporting characters—George Harrison, Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Uma Thurman, Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger and all of the fellow Pythons—as well as cameo appearances from some of the heaviest cultural hitters of modern times, from Woody Allen to Frank Zappa, Gloria Steinem to Robert Crumb, Richard Nixon to Hunter S. Thompson. Gilliam’s encounters with the great and the not-so-good are revealing, funny, and hugely entertaining.
This book is an unrestrained look into a unique creative mind and an incomparable portrait of late twentieth-century popular culture.
Praise For Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir…
— 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. ”
“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.”
“...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