Dreams: Time Bandits QuestionsEdited by Phil Stubbs
Why did Gilliam use dwarves in the movie?
At the start of the film, the bandits appear to Kevin by stumbling out of a wardrobe. "I had an old circus gag in the back of my head for that," said Gilliam, "I always loved those little cars that would stop in a circus ring and expel a limitless number of clowns. And I loved the idea of working with a whole gang of little people throughout this particular picture. There were a couple of reasons - one was practical, one was not. My silly side was just tickled with the visual outrageousness of it all - with how I would be able to contrast the bandits' height with other objects in the film. From the very beginning, one of my ideas for Time Bandits had been to shoot the entire film from the eye level of a child. However, I then had serious reservations as to whether the kid could carry a whole movie. So I and my cowriter - Michael Palin - came up with the idea of using a gang of really short people who were the same size as the boy. Being able to get away with my original idea was the primary reason we ended up using little people on Time Bandits. A lot of the film is shot with the camera about three feet off the ground or down in a hole - which is very hard on an operator's back. Nevertheless, I had no regrests. Until Time Bandits, no-one had ever given little people a chance to be normal heroes in a film. So my actors all really threw themselves into their roles. They tried to do the most incredible things. In fact, I had to be careful to keep them from trying too hard and hurting themselves."
Who are Myrtle and Beryl?
110 EXT. CAVE DAY
111 EXT. HAND FOREST EVENING
KEVIN (slowly coming round) "Where are we?"
KEVIN starts to struggle angrily.
RANDALL (pulling out map) "We've got to find the pointing fingers"
CUT TO their P.O.V. Great hand/trees rise all around them, their fingers/branches reaching for the sky.
FIDGET "Let's get out of here"
The GANG make their way thropugh this strange forest of gigantic hand/trees. Horribly gnarled and twisted roots form the bases of these unpleasant growths. In the distance a WOOD CUTTER is chopping down a hand/tree. With each blow of the axe, the hand writhes in agony. They pass several fallen hands clawing at the ground. This is a truly awful place. The GANG stop. Some of them start to shiver. Even VERMIN has lost some of his bounce.
FIDGIT "Let's go back... now..."
STRUTTER starts as a huge hand/tree comes crashing down near hium. They are all highly nervous, almost hysterical state after their recent experiences.
STRUTTER "I'm not going any further... no-one knows what the hell we're supposed to be doing"
OG has suddenly become very agitated. He is staring over their shoulders and pointing at something behind the group. They turn around. There. visible through the gap created by the felled tree, is a massive turreted citadel.
Why did Gilliam kill off Kevin's parents?
Where can I get hold of the soundtrack?