This is the most accessible of Terry Gilliam's films,
and is rather moving.
I'm not sure that I'd feel confident saying it's based
on THE WASTE LAND, though there are certainly
connections. Rather it seemed to me an exploration of
worldview and belief.
Whether Jack is the Fisher King or the knight is hard
to discern, since both men are wounded and questers. I
really enjoyed the typically Gilliam-esque way in
which the legend could be either authentic or
imaginative. For Gilliam, imaginative reality is
usually more authentic: this is his representation of
faith in all of his films.
I had noticed the bars, but not quite so many in the
film. That was an interesting list.
"Thinking of the key, each confirms a prison..."
--- cr mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I thought I'd share it with you. ~ CR
> The Fisher King
> A Review: "The Waste Land", December 9, 2004
> After reading the first few of these reviews, most
> of these people are ignorant of what this movie is
> really about. It does have underlying wisdom and
> morality, but what you have to remember as you watch
> this movie is that it is based on a poem by T.S.
> Eliot: "The Waste Land." This is a difficult,
> obscure poem, but it is about broken lives,
> selflishness, being a prisoner inside oneself (in
> "The Fisher King," there are "prison bars"
> everywhere - Jack's studio, Jack's shirt, the
> building Jack goes into for his interview for the
> sitcom, etc.), and trying to find meaning in life by
> doing something for someone else. The movie is named
> such because "The Fisher King" is mentioned in the
> poem. I suggest you read the poem in addition to
> seeing the movie - it makes it immensely more
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