A man says on radio that he plans to have sex in a limo with a teenager of his choice.
A woman is given an adult VHS film and we can box art is shown, but explicit details cannot be made out.
A man jokingly proposed to have sex with a woman to make babies and mentions his penis.
Robin Williams’ character appears completely naked in one scene. The scene is set at night though, and his penis is obscured in shadow. Male full rear and frontal nudity.
A man and a woman embrace and he pulls up her blouse. They then begin to make out and the scene ends. Sex is implied.
There are a couple close-up shots of a woman’s cleavage.
Two men are assumed to be naked in the final scene. However, no male nudity is shown.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


From the beginning of this film, Gilliam has become a part of Hollywood’s industrial assembly line, but he still wants to fight against this “assembly line” in his bones. He claimed that entering Hollywood was “the beginning of the destruction of my virginity.” The reason why he chose to develop in Hollywood is inseparable from his serious difficulties in the capital chain of European film industry. In the 1980s, although his two major productions Brazil and the ultimate general gained great reputation, he fell into the mire of film industry in Europe due to serious overspending of funds in the production process, serious differences with the producers and even court battles. To Hollywood is not only the necessity of the development of his film career, but also some difficulties. On the premise of his inner distance from Hollywood mainstream business, he is very cautious about the choice of scripts. At that time, he was eager to prove his directing ability by shooting a video, and had to refuse many tasteless scripts sent to him. The final choice of “fishing king” is because the script is highly consistent with his spiritual world.

“Fishing king” is not just a script written for “selling money”. Screenwriter gravens claims that it is a book written for himself and the crystallization of his true feelings. The film successfully created a crazy image – parry, “Don Quixote in Manhattan, New York”. Parry thinks he is the pasifar who lost his kingdom in the ancient legend. Only by taking back the Holy Grail can he restore his kingdom. Parry is a typical paranoid, but the person who caused his paranoia was radio host Jack.

Jack is not only the direct creation of modern indifferent urban civilization, but also the direct victim. At first, he was a radio host. He shaped his unique hosting style by all kinds of open humiliation and injury to the listeners who called the hotline. The video begins with a close-up of his host’s mouth, followed by Gilliam’s signature wide-angle pan, showing the towering state of Jack’s studio. This is the reproduction of Gothic style in modern civilization. We will see this composition many times in Brazil and twelve monkeys. This exaggerated expression of the closed state of the character’s space is very worth mentioning. Jack sneers at the audience. The overhead shot and shaking of the camera show the towering walls around him without any embellishment, and the light is very cold. Next, Jack was as cold in his skyscraper home. He was like a prisoner in a tower, both in the studio and at home. “Jack is imprisoned in a cage. His daily work is carried out in this state of imprisonment. His life is very simple and his communication is isolated.” He has no real emotional communication with his girlfriend at home. Instead, he chatters about his upcoming transformation to TV and his girlfriend’s indifferent face, all of which show that he is “a prisoner of his desire for success”. In addition, Jack’s environment is high-rise and skyscraper. After he stepped into the car from the studio building, he despised the beggars knocking on the window. His life is the transformation from one high-rise building to another. Then he met parry, the direct victim of his indifference injury, in the riverside depression in the suburbs of New York – another theme of Gilliam: walking down from high is the right way for Jack to be saved.

Parry’s madness is certainly the result of stimulation, but on the one hand, it is a spiritual defense mechanism for him to escape pain, on the other hand, it can also be seen as a way of salvation given by God to the indifferent world. Parry entered a parallel world. But Parry’s redemption can only be completed with Jack’s help. Parry’s appearance, like Jack, is also in heavy imprisonment. He was ragged and wore a red earmuff symbolizing suffering. The moment he met Jack showed that they were all victims of this indifferent era. This is consistent with pasifar’s ancient legend: the legendary pasifar’s first appearance is ragged, and only the final acquisition of the Holy Grail can restore his gorgeous clothes. They are no longer the people who can control their own country, but the things controlled by the fallen country. In this film, their task is to regain control of the land through the Holy Grail.

In other words, these two people are in a state of imprisonment, which is also a situation in modern society: the community no longer exists, everyone is imprisoned by their own career and temperament, and this imprisonment is not external, but internal to their hearts, and they have lost a power to communicate with heaven, earth and man. The way modern people treat “Modernity” is to avoid the feeling of “integration into the whole”: in the middle ages, at least in concept, the incorporation of the sacred world into daily life means that we are experiencing the whole sensuality of the moment as an eternal link all the time; But what modern human beings are doing all the time is to stifle the sense of existence. People no longer regard the moment as a constant and eternal link, but as an opportunity to change the reality and create a different tomorrow. The disappearance of “eternity” has led people to commit suicide on the “present me” every day. However, if the new self cannot be reborn from the suicide, then the physical suicide is inevitable – this is Jack’s situation. Parry’s imprisoned state is an internal struggle. He wants to obtain the “Holy Grail”, that is, the ability to “integrate into the whole”, but the disenchanted world has no place for him. The narrative strategy of the video is to twist the two people together with a story, let Parry use spiritual power to lead jack, and let Jack use rational ability to help parry, and finally achieve the common salvation of the two people.

Here we might as well quote a concept in the field of art to describe the tension between parry and Jack: perspective. The word “perspective” originated from the Latin “percclre”, which is a painting concept and technique produced from the Renaissance in the history of Western art. Humanism in the Renaissance shifted its foothold from religious authority to “man” — this is the conceptual premise of the rise of perspective. Individuals no longer obey a supreme religious authority, but should be transformed through specific people. If you stand on different footholds, the picture of the world in your eyes is different – so it is an era of rebellion. The essence of “perspective” lies in that neither religion, rationality nor social customary forces have the right to deprive people of viewpoint differences. This is also the critical significance of the Renaissance world outlook to today’s homogeneous world. Parry’s madness is just that he falls into the perspective of the Holy Grail knight to look at the world. Jack’s obsession with parry is actually a metaphor that our unbalanced world needs a classical perspective to regain balance.

In fact, the concept of perspective can be traced back to a well-known saying of Archimedes in ancient Greece: “give me a fulcrum, I can pry the earth.” This sentence expresses the powerful power of individual viewpoint in the universe. The crazy parry in the film is just a hero who stands on his own fulcrum and pries everyone’s closed world view. Moreover, although perspective is a kind of resistance to religious authority, the concept of perspective has a fundamental connection with Christianity: People’s understanding is limited. If we do not recognize the limitations of human creativity, it is also a misreading of perspective. Parry is undoubtedly a madman. Only with the help of rational jack can they recover the occupied land. Limitations represent doubts about the authenticity of the perspective. That is, we should not only affirm the great power of “prying the earth”, but also realize that “prying the earth” is likely to be a dream and a mirage given to you by God. But the important thing is that through this dream, we realize many things we didn’t realize before. This is a bit similar to the realm of “seeing a mountain is not a mountain, seeing a mountain is still a mountain” — the story of the fishing king, and even the art form of the film itself, isn’t that right.

Jack fell from a higher social status to the bottom of society and gradually entered Parry’s life, which is a retreat from the elite to the public. We can explain it with Nietzsche’s power theory. Nietzsche is deeply dissatisfied with the democratization of the spiritual world brought by modernism. He hopes to draw a line from the mediocre by highly emphasizing himself and gaining power. The tension between the ranks of great men and the ranks of the masses is used in the opposite way here in Gilliam. Nietzsche gained the pleasure of power in this elitism, but power itself is also a cage to imprison himself. Even once the power of the spiritual world is combined with political power, there will be Nazis – the connection between Nietzsche and Nazi thought can not be denied. The power of spiritual imprisonment is precisely the object of criticism of this film. It can be said that this film touches on the potential Nazism of our current era – if we regard “isolation”, “spiritual autism” and “contempt for the common people” as the characteristics of Nazi thought. In Jack, materialism and individualism create an illusion of power. He enjoys it like Nietzsche, and his fall from high to low is that God wants to get rid of this illusion in his heart.

What connects jack at the top with Parry at the bottom is a small detail that Gilliam did not join in the original script: Pinocchio doll. This detail is very interesting: before meeting Pinocchio, Jack was either trapped in the illusory self of power, or indulged and degenerated after being ruthlessly ridiculed by the illusory self. Only when a child gave Pinocchio to Jack, Jack was able to calmly communicate with his real self for the first time, that is, the dialogue between Jack and Pinocchio, This is Pinocchio’s effect on the plot; In addition, Pinocchio is a well-known great liar. It is a story about how a lying child grows into a healthy adult who does not lie and faces life and self bravely, which is consistent with Jack and parry. This film is the growth story of how these two people get rid of the illusion of power and monsters and learn to face themselves sincerely, This is the symbolic meaning of Pinocchio. Pinocchio became a talisman for two people. He appeared three times in the film: the first time Jack first met Pinocchio, and then Jack’s life was saved; The second time, Parry was beaten into a vegetable by a ruffian. Jack put Pinocchio on Parry’s bed and finally Parry saved himself; The third time is the end. Naked Jack and parry look up at the stars, and Pinocchio is between them – he is the angel sent by God to protect them and lead them to liberation.

The two female characters in the film are also the salvation of two men in distress. As mentioned above, Jack keeps going “down” under Parry’s guidance, even returning to the original – Robin Williams, who plays parry, is a very strong and hairy man. In his delusional world, he is a romantic knight who wins women’s admiration by strength. To some extent, this is exactly what Anne expects of Jack. Annie is an image of a gypsy woman. In pasifar’s story prototype, her video store is a farmhouse in the forest and a refuge for the king and knight in distress. She wants to stimulate men’s power with her own sexuality – sending out wild sexuality. Pasifar’s story is naturally the product of the patriarchal era. Women can only be men’s appendages, which stimulates men to fight bravely for themselves. “Knight’s love” in the video shows that Anne dedicates herself to Jack in distress and saves jack with love, but Jack doesn’t realize his knight identity – this is the fracture between Anne and Jack. Parry repeatedly persuaded Jack to win the Holy Grail in order to awaken Jack’s Knight consciousness. Gilliam’s values are obvious: the real abnormal is not parry, but Jack, who is sleeping. Jack, who is selfish and imprisoned by the desire for success, must change to a noble knight who is selfless and can sacrifice everything for women and ideals. This is the mission given to jack by God! Jack must learn to “love” regardless of everything!

Another female image in the film, Lydia, is also an essential part of Parry’s process of restoring his homeland. Lydia is the princess imprisoned in the tower in the fairy tale. Gilliam chose a building very similar to the medieval castle when choosing the shooting address for Lydia’s working environment, and the layout of Lydia’s office is very close to the crisscross pattern inside the castle. What imprisoned Lydia was the indifference and alienation of interpersonal communication in modern life. Lacking in emotional communication, Lydia became a complete fool. She is a woman completely destroyed by modern life. All elements related to sex and body are isolated by her. Her clothes wrapped her body like a cocoon, and her dress could not see any gender characteristics at all. Cupid shot parry and Lydia in order to save the princess from the imprisoned tower through parry, the Holy Grail knight and Don Quixote, which is also Parry’s mission. Lydia longed for freedom, which can be seen from the fact that she wanted to paint Annie’s colored nails when she came to the video store for the first time: she wanted to change herself. Parry and Lydia have their first date arranged by Annie and Jack. After that, Parry takes Lydia home. On the way, Lydia invites Parry to his house for coffee, Then he said to himself, “then we’ll go to bed… You’ll leave the next morning and everything will be as usual… Just like I was full of expectations when I first started work, but later I became more and more impatient…” this shows Lydia’s emotional trauma. In this individualistic society, emotions become a flood of one night stands. They leave after dawn and never know anyone. In this relationship, women who have more hope for love suffer deeper trauma, which comes from men’s selfishness – this also shows Gilliam’s call for “Knight’s love” in the middle ages. In our time, “women who should have melted men with selfless love, but failed to soften those rough men, but were more and more hardened by selfish men.” But this Parry was not. He refused the invitation of one night stand, made it clear twice that he didn’t drink coffee, and expressed his lonely efforts for love silently these days to Lydia at the door. The noble knight’s love of Parry deeply moved Lydia, so Lydia began to change to her female identity. Later, when Parry was beaten into a vegetable, Lydia came to change the sheets for Parry every day. We found that Lydia took off her hat to cover her long hair and became very feminine in dress – which shows that Lydia was rescued from the tower by parry.

Return to the medieval “Knight’s love” again. These two women are the embodiment of medieval ladies. The difference between the medieval “Knight’s love” and the current view of love is that today’s love is more a private relationship. They belong to people’s private life and have nothing to do with the public sphere. Even when the public sphere tries to interfere in private love, the resistance to public power is usually a positive behavior; However, the love between knights and ladies in the middle ages must be associated with social honor. Love is not only love, it is a way of one’s growth. Its ultimate goal is not to point to love itself, but to make contributions at the social level and get salvation at the religious level. First of all, “Knight’s love” focuses on cultivating an elegant morality rather than simple lust. There is often no or almost no skin contact between knights and women, but only a hug or even a keepsake can make both sides feel dizzy passion, and this ritual love is often the catalyst for knights to take positive and constructive actions in the public sphere; Secondly, “Knight’s love” is often stimulated by women. Knights devote themselves to the political cause of protecting their homes and going on expeditions. This often means that the knight and the woman can’t even meet for a long time, so this

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