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12 Monkeys

Susanne Kord


Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys (1995) was a commercial and critical success, but it is Gilliam's least understood film, even on the basic plot level. Aside from recognizable debts to specific films such as La Jetée (1962) and Dr. Strangelove (1964), 12 Monkeys plays with a number of genres: apocalypse and post-apocalypse movies, sci-fi, nuclear noir, and what is becoming known as “geek dystopia.” This book examines Gilliam's film — and briefly the TV series based on it — in the context of post-apocalypse movies and with an eye to the film's major themes, including mental illness, conspiracy theori ... More

Keywords: Terry Gilliam, apocalypse films, post-apocalypse movies, sci-fi films, nuclear noir, geek dystopia, mental illness, conspiracy theories, free will, determinism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781999334000
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susanne Kord, author
University College London