FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
THE EASY QUESTIONS:
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CREATOR OF THIS WEBSITE:
QUESTIONS ANSWERED ELSEWHERE ON THE SITE:
THE EASY ANSWERS:
Terry Gilliam, director of Brazil and 12 Monkeys, and original member of Monty Python.
Richard LaGravenese, who also wrote the script for The Bridges of Madison County, and has recently tried his hand at directing.
George Fenton. Information on the soundtrack can be found here.
138 minutes (including 4 minutes of credits).
In North America, The Fisher King was released in September, 1991.
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Sadly, there is no definitive information on the matter. What's truly frustrating, is that all of the extra features are readily available on the Criterion laser disc, such as director's commentary, deleted scenes, costume tests, and more. They just need to be transferred to the DVD format. The only ray of hope is the fact that Criterion DVD's have already been released for three Terry Gilliam films, including Brazil, Time Bandits, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. So don't give up hope yet!
Originally written for the film Babes on Broadway (1941), Burton Lane composed the music for "How About You", while Ralph Freed supplied the lyrics. Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney sang it for this film, but it has been performed by countless others, including Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and of course Harry Nilsson, who performs it on The Fisher King soundtrack.
"How about you?" -- Lyrics
(only the first two verses are sung on the soundtrack)
Six weeks shooting exteriors in New York (with the exception of the Chinese Restaurant scene), and six weeks of interiors in Los Angeles.
Terry Gilliam: "I added that. It was what the Jack character is about -- to become a real boy. And that's what he becomes in the film, a real human being. And I can't remember when I got Pinocchio, but it was such a good character to have with Robin holding him."
The first film that comes to mind is Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which Terry Gilliam co-directed. There's also Excalibur, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Parsifal, Light in the Dark, Lancelot of the Lake and Brancaleone at the Crusades.
This is a difficult question to answer, because you need to ask yourself: what is it about The Fisher King that you connect with? Is it the mythology and fairy tale aspect? The themes of guilt and redemption? The relationship between Parry and Jack? The night-time nude silhouette dancing? In any case, there are a few films I can suggest.
Rainman (a buddy film where one person is supposedly in his right mind, and the other suffers from a mental illness), The Princess Bride (combines many of the same elements as The Fisher King, though the comedy and fantasy are a notch higher), Brazil (another Terry Gilliam film, considered by many to be his magnum opus), and finally The Lord of the Rings (if I have to tell you about these films, then there's little hope of you ever becoming a Tolkienite).
All Movie recommends these movies: Joe Gould's Secret, K-PAX, Heaven Only Knows, Rue Du Retrait, Miracle on 34th Street, The Accidental Tourist, Joe Versus the Volcano, Fifi la Plume, and Starry Night.
ANSWERS ABOUT THE CREATOR OF THIS WEBSITE:
I love comedy, drama, fantasy, mythology, adventure, romance and magic. Where else am I going to find a film that encompasses these varied and contrasting genres? That embraces what I love about art, cinema, and life itself? The Grand Central Waltz sequence wasn’t in the script, and yet it became the centerpiece of the film. I saw that scene when I was fifteen, and was deeply moved. Here was a vision on the screen that could finally match the ones floating through my head. I couldn’t articulate my feelings very well at that age. But this scene connected me to those thoughts and emotions hidden deep inside, and made me realize that there must be others who felt the same way. For more on my thoughts, click here.
Some of my favourite films, other than The Fisher King, include 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, 12 Angry Men, The Princess Bride, The Insider, Citizen Kane, Brazil, JFK, Dersu Uzala, The Bear, Seven Samurai, Princess Mononoke, Baran and Color of Paradise.
Once upon a time, I thought actors were the key component to a movie's success. After years of studying film, I eventually came to the realization that filmmaking is an extremely cooperative process, with the director being the most central and crucial figure (with screenwriter coming a close second). Of course, Terry Gilliam being my favourite filmmaker might also have something to do with it.
All right, so who are your favourite directors?