Virtually every time I have interviewed Terry Gilliam, the conversation turns to “the unluckiest filmmaker in the movies.”
Take all of Orson Welles’ problems finding financing, twist them into constant studio interference leading to “The only movies I can make are ones I shouldn’t be making,” coupled with Heath Ledger, a co-star, dying before “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” was finished, and you’ve got a cinematic visionary who appears to be cursed.
Most famously, his “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” — co-starring Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort, turned into a debacle worthy of a documentary of its own — “Lost in La Mancha.”
By God, he’s finished it. Finally. With Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce and Olga Kurylenko and Stellan Skarsgard and by cracky it looks crackers.
Let’s hope it actually makes it from Cannes to a theater near you and me.