Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Friday, June 7 - Saturday, June 8, 2013

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“The time is the mythic long-ago, a period after the eclipse of Camelot, but not yet the time of recorded history. The place is the kingdom of Bruno The Questionable, who is not a bad tyrant under the circumstances. Bruno’s realm is being ravaged by a monster so terrible that the sight of it once turned an old peasant’s teeth snow-white over night.

“Who will slay the monster to restore law and disorder, thus to win half of the Princess’s hand and all of the kingdom (or perhaps it’s the other way around)? From the opening sequence of “Jabberwocky,” there’s no doubt but that it must be Dennis-the-cooper’s-son. Dennis (Michael Palin), disowned by his father in an embarrassing deathbed speech (his father was out of sorts), is the quintessential naif. Being profoundly and cheerfully stupid, slavishly faithful to the obese Griselda, polite in all situations, and ever optimistic, Dennis is fate’s triumphant plaything…

“It’s a monster film with heart, a movie romance with bite, a costume picture without zippers, and a comedy with more blood and gore than Sam Peckinpah would dare use to dramatize the decline and fall of the entire West.” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times

PG, 105 Minutes
UK, 1977

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