The Movie: With just a couple of (albeit brilliant and twisted) shorts under his belt, Terry Gilliam collaborated with Terry Jones to direct the Pythons’ first proper, non-show-based stab at film.
Despite cancelled locations, awful weather, team squabbles and a drunken, often forgetful leading man in Graham Chapman, the final result is a ramshackle but hilarious collection of comedy moments that work well together despite themselves.
Terry’s Trials: Though they were old friends and workmates, Jones and Gilliam had very different directing styles. In the end, frustration boiled over and Jones would end up the sole voice behind the camera for the team’s other films.
“Terry and I tended to agree on most things, until we actually started working together and then we discovered we didn't agree quite as totally,” laughs Gilliam.
“And we both had a very similar view of the whole thing, we knew what the look we wanted, all of those things. The real difference came in that I've got a better eye than Terry, is what it's about, I'm better at those things, and he's better at other things. I've got a better eye and ultimately that's how we ended up working it.
“So we split; I ended up being at the camera, and he worked with the guys, 'cause I having been in my little garret all those years my social skills were not as highly developed as they are now!”