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‘A Spectacular Mess’: Synopsis

Susanne Kord

in Constellations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781999334000
eISBN:
9781800342491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter talks about the film 12 Monkeys from 1995, which was written by the co-author of Blade Runner in 1982 and author of Unforgiven in 1992, David Peoples, and his wife and collaborator Janet ... More


Pushing the (Reset) Button: Why You Can’t Start Over

Susanne Kord

in 12 Monkeys

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781999334000
eISBN:
9781800342491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explains why 12 Monkeys was an unqualified commercial success, but remains Terry Gilliam's least understood film, both at and beyond the plot level. It analyses several genres that 12 ... More


Coda: Gilliam’s Art of the Possible

Susanne Kord

in 12 Monkeys

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781999334000
eISBN:
9781800342491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter talks about getting caught in a loop as one of Terry Gilliam's greatest fears, much like the one that characterises the 12 Monkeys series, which has become derivative and repetitive. It ... More


More Monkeys: The TV series

Susanne Kord

in 12 Monkeys

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781999334000
eISBN:
9781800342491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter mentions Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, the 12 Monkeys series' creators, who originally conceived the TV series simply as a time-travelling show with no relation to Terry Gilliam's ... More


Free Will, Determinism and Doing What You’re Told

Susanne Kord

in 12 Monkeys

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781999334000
eISBN:
9781800342491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses time travel as the secondary device for exploring the idea of liberty in Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys. It analyzes the juxtaposition between free will and determinism, in which ... More


‘Thank you, Einstein’: Why You Can’t Turn Back Time

Susanne Kord

in 12 Monkeys

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781999334000
eISBN:
9781800342491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyses Terry Gilliam's drawing for the opening credits of 12 Monkeys, which shows monkeys following each other in a never-ending spiral. It discusses 12 Monkeys's heftiest hint at the ... More


The Human Condom and Other Signs of Loneliness

Susanne Kord

in 12 Monkeys

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781999334000
eISBN:
9781800342491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter cites human interaction in Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys which suggests that closeness is virtually impossible, whether in the 'future' or in the 'past'. It talks about the setting in 12 ... More


On Mis/Perceptions of Reality

Susanne Kord

in 12 Monkeys

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781999334000
eISBN:
9781800342491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explains how Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys went to astonishing lengths to denounce science or humanity's unwavering belief that science and technology will cure all ills. It describes ... More


Strangers on a Plane: On Not Answering the Big Question

Susanne Kord

in 12 Monkeys

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781999334000
eISBN:
9781800342491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at the penultimate scene of Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, which shows the bird's eye shot of young Cole getting in the car and a close-up of his eyes as they follow a plane. It ... More


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