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The Wholly Family
dir. Terry Gilliam / Italy 2011 / 20’
subtitles: Polish and English


Nicolas Connolly, Cristiana Capotondi, Douglas Dean, Sergio Solli, Renato De Maria, Antonino Iuorio, Nico Cirasola

Film description

A small American in Naples: a family trip takes an unexpected turn when 10-year-old Jack goes rogue, escaping his quarrelling parents between stalls filled with traditional Italian figurines. Sent to bed as punishment, the boy dreams a parade of strange characters, where the grotesque Pulcinella leads him through the underground passageways, a ballroom, hospital, and workshop of broken toys that Freud would ogle with an understanding grin. In a nod to Italian cinema buffs, Gilliam takes the audience on a ride through his favourite motifs, complete with dreams invading reality, living dolls, masks, severed heads, theatrical scenes, claustrophobic spaces, and lofty of religious monuments contrasting with the smell of death filling the streets of Naples. The film is shot in Mediterranean hues, with typically Gilliamesque painstaking attention to detail and topsy-turvy logic.

Prepared by: Jagoda Murczyńska

Information about director

Terry Gilliam

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 22, 1940, Gilliam was briefly employed by Mad Magazine as a writer/illustrator before he emigrated to England in 1967. Soon after he arrived in the U.K., he began working on Do Not Adjust Your Set, a popular children's TV show, developing his eccentric animated cartoons, which put into motion a hodgepodge of images, including photographs, cutouts from magazines, and famous works of art. In 1969, Gilliam was asked to join the absurdist comedy troupe Monty Python. He began offering his iconoclastic vision to moviegoers with the comedy troupe's first original film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), which he co-directed with fellow Python Terry Jones. Gilliam had his first outing as a solo director with Jabberwocky (1976).

Gilliam's status as auteur has been assured by his strikingly idiosyncratic style, recurrent themes, and insistence on control of all stages of filmmaking. An open hostility towards the studio system has complemented his criticism of mainstream American culture, pragmatically sealed by a thirty-five-year residence in Britain. While he has had to turn to his native country to finance his most recent films, he has continued to denounce Hollywood as an accessory to the 'lie' lived by American society; accordingly, he has declined the direction of many a US box-office hit.


1975 Monty Python i Święty Graal / Monty Python and the Holy Grail (co-dir.)

1977 Jabberwocky

1981 Bandyci czasu / Time Bandits

1983 Karmazynowe Ubezpieczenie Ostateczne / The Crimson Permanent Assurance (short)

1985 Brazil

1988 Przygody Barona Munchhausena / The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen

1991 Fisher King / The Fisher King

1995 12 małp / Twelve Monkeys

1998 Las Vegas Parano / Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

2005 Nieustraszeni bracia Grimm / The Brothers Grimm

2005 Kraina traw / Tideland

2009 Parnassus – człowiek, który oszukał diabła / The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

2010 The Legend of Hallowdega (short)

2011 Świetna rodzina / The Wholly Family (short)


selected animations

1968 Czas na opowieść / Storytime (short)

1968 Animations for We Have Ways of Making You Laugh

1968 Animations for The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine

1968 Świąteczna kartka / The Christmas Card (animation for Do Not Adjust Your Stockings)

1968 Animations for Do Not Adjust Your Set

1969–1974 Animations for TV series Latający Cyrk Monty Pythona / Monty Python’s Flying Circus

1971 Sen o lataniu / The Miracle of Flight (short)

1971 Animations for A teraz coś z zupełnie innej beczki / And Now for Something Completely Different

1979 Animations for Żywot Briana / Monty Python’s Life of Brian

1982 Animations for Monty Python na żywo w Hollywood Bowl / Monty Python Live at Hollywood Bowl

1983 Animations for Sens życia według Monty Pythona / Monty Pythons The Meaning of Life

2006 Animations for Latający Cyrk Monty Pythona – Perełki Monty Pythona: Terry Gilliam / Monty Python’s Flying Circus – Terry Gilliam’s Personal Best

Prepared by: Jagoda Murczyńska


director: Terry Gilliam
screenplay: Terry Gilliam
cinematography: Nicola Pecorini
editing: Mick Audsley
music: Daniele Sepe
cast: Nicolas Connolly, Cristiana Capotondi, Douglas Dean, Sergio Solli, Renato De Maria, Antonino Iuorio, Nico Cirasola
producer: Amy Gilliam, Gabriele Oricchio
production: Blue Door Soc. Coop, Pastificio Garofalo
sales: Blue Door Soc. Coop
language: Italian, English
colouration: colour
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