01/06/2021

How creativity works

John Cleese is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer specialised in satire, black comedy, sketch comedy and surreal humour. He is also British, very British. In the late 1960s he co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the BBC sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Along with his co-stars Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman, Cleese made films as Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) or The Meaning of Life (1983).

In the mid-1970s, Cleese and first wife Connie Booth co-wrote the sitcom Fawlty Towers, and he starred in it as Basil Fawlty. The series resulted in Cleese’s receiving the 1980 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance, and in 2000 the show topped the British Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes. In a 2001 Channel 4 poll, Basil Fawlty was ranked second on its list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters.

Back to movies, he co-starred with Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis and former Python colleague Michael Palin A Fish Called Wanda (1989) and Fierce Creatures (1997), both of which he also wrote. For the first he was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

With Yes Minister writer, Antony Jay, he co-founded Video Arts, a production company making entertaining training films like this, in which he explains in a really serious way how creativity works.

There is a tunnel in Eindhoven dedicated to the unforgetable Monty Python’s sketch ‘Ministry of Silly Walks’, starred by John Cleese —Image Unknown Author

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Compositor de rock y escritor, comienza su trayectoria musical en la Barcelona de finales de los setenta. Con el bajista Teo Serrano forma varios grupos, como Los Pintalabios y Los Rompecorazones. En 1980 forma Los Intocables junto a Teo Serrano y José María Sanz Beltrán, 'Loquillo', y en 1982 Los Trogoditas ya sólo con Loquillo, con quien es responsable de éxitos como 'La mataré', 'Todo el mundo ama a Isabel', 'Carne para Linda', 'Cadillac solitario', 'El rompeolas', 'Autopista', 'El ritmo del garaje' o 'Rock'n'roll star', entre otros. En 2000 se licencia en Filología Hispánica por la Universidad de Barcelona y ese mismo año se integra en el equipo responsable de los cuatro tomos de 'La vida escrita por las mujeres', de la Editorial Lumen, sobre las mujeres escritoras pioneras en España. Paralelamente ha publicado cuatro libros: 'Corre, rocker: crónica personal de los ochenta' (2000), 'Limusinas y estrellas: medio siglo de rock (1954–2004)' (2004), 'Hotel Tierra' (2006) e 'Historia del hambre y la sed' (2006). También ha colaborado con diversos medios periodísticos españoles como El País, El Mundo, ABC, La Razón, Diario 16, El Periódico de Catalunya y La Vanguardia.'Artists are like the old watchmen who warn of what threatens the tribe'. Rock composer and writer, began his musical career in Barcelona in the late seventies. With bassist Teo Serrano form several groups, including Los Pintalabios and Los Rompecorazones. In 1980 form Los Intocables with Teo Serrano and José María Sanz Beltrán, 'Loquillo', and in 1982 Los Trogoditas just with Loquillo, with whom is responsible for hits like 'La mataré', 'Todo el mundo ama a Isabel', 'Carne para Linda', 'Cadillac solitario', 'El rompeolas', 'Autopista', 'El ritmo del garaje' o 'Rock'n'roll star', among others. 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Con la esperanza de que algún día se pueda repoblar de nuevo el planeta con las pocas especies existentes en la nave, el botánico Freeman Lowell, uno de los cuatro astronautas que forman la tripulación, se responsabiliza de su cuidado y mantenimiento. Hasta que llega la inesperada orden de destruir todas las reservas y regresar a la Tierra. 'Silent Running' —Naves misteriosas, en su misteriosa traducción al español— es una película de 1972 dirigida por Douglas Trumbull, responsable además de los efectos especiales de obras tan importantes como '2001: una odisea espacial', 'Star Trek', 'Encuentros en la Tercera Fase' o 'Blade Runner'. Los títulos de crédito ya advierten de que, más allá de la ciencia ficción y el futurismo, se trata de una deliciosa historia sobre la Naturaleza. La película no ha dejado de cosechar elogios desde su estreno, a destacar el realizado por los cineastas japoneses Akira Kurosawa y Yasujiro Ozu, que opinaban que 'es la mejor película que se ha hecho nunca en Estados Unidos'.In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, only a few specimens have been preserved in enormous, greenhouse-like geodesic domes attached to a fleet of American Airlines space freighters, just outside the orbit of Saturn. Freeman Lowell, one of four crewmen aboard the Valley Forge station, is the resident botanist and ecologist who preserves the forests for their eventual return to Earth and the reforestation of the planet. Suddenly, the astronauts give orders to destroy the domes and return to Earth. 'Silent Running' is a 1972 movie directed by Douglas Trumbull, who had also worked as a special effects supervisor on some pretty great films including '2001: a space odyssey', 'Star Trek', 'Close encounters of the Third Kind' or 'Blade Runner'. The credits already warn that, beyond science fiction and futurism, it is a delightful story about Nature. The film has continued to reap praise since its premiere, to highlight the made ​​by Japanese filmmakers Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, who said 'it's the best American film ever made'." 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