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For an infinite resource on the making of The Fisher King, pick up the book The Fisher King:  Book of the Film, prepared by screenwriter Richard LaGravenese.

 

 

Here follows excerpts and links to three articles about filming The Fisher King:

 

1. They're Getting a Gilliam Film - From the Los Angeles Times, on location, June 1990.

 

"This little idea came up:  I was watching rush hour traffic in Grand Central, and I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great if all these people suddenly started waltzing?'  I really said it as a joke, and everybody thought it was wonderful. They said, 'No, no, we gotta do it!'"  Director Terry Gilliam must have been contemplating the seriousness of his humour as he stood over the lobby of Grand Central Station at four in the morning, regarding the one thousand extras who had been amassed for a brief scene in his latest film, The Fisher King.

 

 

2. Gilliam, Gotham, God - Cover story from Metropolis Magazine, September 1991.

Terry Gilliam cannot be mundane, no matter how hard he tries.  It is the director's grand visual style which most audiences take away with them; because the images on screen are so dense, the stories cover so much territory, many of the subtleties that he draws out from his actors are only glimpsed on a second, third or fourth viewing, peeking out from behind a curtain of fireworks.

 

3. A Red Knightmare - From New York Newsday, about the Red Knight's design.

To a few New Yorkers who witnessed shooting of The Fisher King in the summer of 1990, the hellish, fire-breathing figure of the Red Knight -- a phantom seen only by the disturbed street person played by Robin Williams -- wasn't any great hallucination.  "There was a guy who was pretty wigged out," recalled Williams.  "He was going 'Yeah, I like that.  I've seen that, too!'"

 

 

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