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Why Terry Gilliam Is Fixated on Botticelli's 'Birth Of Venus'

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | February 16, 2016 |

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | February 16, 2016 |

Before he was making films like Time Bandits, Brazil, and Twelve Monkeys, Terry Gilliam was the audacious animator behind a bevvy of Monty Python’s Flying Circus cartoon shorts.The visionary filmmaker sat down with BBC Arts to discuss one of the classical influences closest to his heart. Botticelli’s Birth Of Venus famously came to life in a Monty Python sketch, but also appeared in the flesh in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen as a young Uma Thurman.

Get an insight into the mind of Gilliam the great with this curious clip:

Here’s the Monty Python sketch discussed above:

And the famous painting’s allusion from The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

In other news: the iconoclastic Gilliam is also remounting efforts to make his long, long, long in the works The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Now backed by Amazon, the project may start shooting next fall. He told The List, “I always believe I’m going to get it off the ground, and we’re going to be shooting in September.” But having faced every kind of production problem imaginable, Gilliam allowed, “That’s what I believe, the reality may be different.”

Kristy Puchko counts interviewing Gilliam as one of the most thrilling career moments.