Movie Fact #22 - September 8th, 2020

 

Everyone knows Terry Gilliam now, but back in 1975 for his directorial debut Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Which he co-helmed with fellow first-time director Terry Jones), there was a big learning curve. But more interestingly, his first film struggled just to get funding. The most unlikely of sources for their budget was not a studio, as any refused to fund the project, but stars. Gilliam himself once confirmed that the Pythons turned to the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Elton John for finance and saw it as "a good tax write-off" due to UK income tax being "as high as 90%" at the time. So, in short, it was just good business, especially as now that the film is hailed as one of the greatest comedies of all-time! Stay tuned!

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