Tomorrow we celebrate the 74th birthday of the great Terry Gilliam. One of the most unique filmmakers in the history of cinema, Gilliam’s work through the years has been nothing short of astonishing, a wild ride down the rabbit hole of the imagination of a singular genius that fuses science fiction, fantasy, and fairy tale, exploring realms that are beyond the experience of the every day.
Of course, Gilliam was also a member of that most famous comedy troupe of all, Monty Python, and his experiences therein no doubt colored his comedic worldview, for his films are filled, for the most part, with a lighthearted and madcap comic joy, even when they become the stuff of nightmares.
His most recent film, The Zero Theorem, is due out for release on DVD on January 20, 2015. While you’re waiting, here’s my Top 5 List of the best of Terry Gilliam: