You are warmly invited to join us for our upcoming Jung & Film Evening on Friday, November 24th, featuring The Fisher King (runtime: 2 hours and 17 minutes).
The Fisher King is a 1991 American fantasy comedy-drama film written by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Terry Gilliam. Starring Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges, the film narrates the story of a radio shock jock who embarks on a quest for redemption by aiding a man whose life he unintentionally shattered. The movie delves into the intermingling of New York City’s typically separated social strata, offering a modern-day Grail Quest that seamlessly merges New York romantic comedy with timeless fantasy.
In a poignant postscript to the film’s legacy, after the tragic suicide of Robin Williams in 2014, Terry Gilliam revisited the movie. He noted that certain sequences, particularly those where Williams’ character is pursued by the Red Knight – a tormentor from his own imagination – took on an eerie significance. Gilliam shared, “I didn’t have to push him because he believed that was true. He knew the darker side and what it means to have demons.” He added that watching the film was “exhilarating because it encompasses the full spectrum of Robin’s talents, from the hysterically funny to the manic to the utterly sweet to the sensitive and tormented”. (Read the full article here)
This marks our final film evening for the year, and The Fisher King, with its theme of seeking redemption through acts of reparation, serves as a fitting conclusion to a year filled with captivating film stories. Throughout the year, we’ve explored themes encompassing attitudes towards death and dying, kindness and integrity, transformation, longing, inner truth, and poignant acknowledgments of the limitations of human existence. Amidst it all, we’ve celebrated the indomitable human spirit and underscored the profound importance of storytelling in connecting us with our past, our present, and our future.
We look forward to sharing this enriching cinematic experience with you and delving into the profound themes it presents.