Dreams and Nightmares: Terry Gilliam, 'The Brothers Grimm' and Other Cautionary Tales of Hollywood

Dreams and Nightmares: Terry Gilliam, 'The Brothers Grimm' and Other Cautionary Tales of Hollywood


By (author) Bob McCabe, By (author) Terry Gilliam

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 195mm x 210mm
  • Publication date: 5 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007175574
  • ISBN 13: 9780007175574
  • Illustrations note: (2/2)

Product description

This title offers the behind-the-scenes chronicle of the creation of the Terry Gilliam's 'The Brothers Grimm', charting all the highs and lows in the film's journey from script to screen. Told by both Gilliam and McCabe, who provides an on-set diary, this unique account reveals exactly how a film is made - or ruined - in today's Hollywood system. "The Brothers Grimm" is Terry Gilliam's film for November 2004. After two years of pre-production hell, the film was finally greenlit in March 2003 by Miramax's Dimension Films with a budget bigger than anything Gilliam has ever had to work with - on condition that the film was fast-tracked for a 2004 release. With stars Matt Damon and Heath Ledger playing the brothers Jake and Will, and co-starring Jonathan Pryce, hero from Gilliam's seminal "Brazil", this movie is hailed as an "Indiana Jones and the Brothers Grimm"-style adventure, in which two Middle-Ages conmen who travel the countryside inventing horrendous ghost stories, only so they can claim to have defeated evil and be showered with gifts and women, finally encounter a real magical curse and are forced to find the courage to do a proper day's work of evil-vanquishing. Using Terry Gilliam's personal diary as the basis for this book, author Bob McCabe follows Gilliam through the pre-production nightmares, the horrors of filming in an artificial forest in Prague, and the anarchy of post-production inevitable in a Gilliam film, and seeks to unravel the truth buried between the lines of his diary. Guaranteed to fascinate film buffs and Terry Gilliam fans alike - already intrigued after the collapse of his Don Quixote movie formed the basis of a captivating documentary film - this amusing chronicle will be an unputdownable read and should put anyone who has aspired to direct a film in the future completely off the idea!

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Author information

Bob McCabe is author of Dark Knights and Holy Fools: The Art and Films of Terry Gilliam, The Life of Graham [Chapman], and a string of biographies including Ronnie Barker's and Sean Connery's.

Review quote

'A thoroughly entertaining scrapbook. The director's (Terry Gilliam's) misadventures make for great reading.' **** EMPIRE MAGAZINE 'Alternates between hilarious, jaw-dropping and mind-boggling but is always highly readable.' SFX 'One of the best warts-and-all views of Hollywood insanity.' The Daily Record