When Terry Gilliam was in New York last month, we were thrilled to be part of his itinerary. The legendary filmmaker was in town for the long-awaited U.S. theatrical release of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a characteristically imaginative time-travel fantasy that was more than a quarter century in the making.
One of his stops during his visit to our offices was the film closet, and it didn’t take long for him to build up quite the haul in there: next to his own Brazil, he was delighted to spy Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, which he promptly put in his bag, followed by our Complete Jacques Tati set and Jules Dassin’s Rififi. As he continued to peruse the shelves, Gilliam also paid tribute to a few of his idols: Federico Fellini, whose 8½ showed him what a film director’s “life and job is about”; Ingmar Bergman, whose The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries loom large in his personal canon (and about whom he gained some surprising insights from Swedish actor Peter Stormare); and Stanley Kubrick, whose Paths of Glory changed his life at age thirteen. To spend a few delightful minutes inside the closet with Gilliam, look no further than the video above.