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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In their daily life, Víctor is dedicated to compose and produce music for TV commercials through Future Perfect, the company he founded in 2008. 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La retórica continúa en parodia y la risa se instala con un sucesión reiterativa de imágenes y conceptos que parecen explicados a un extraterrestre. Del tomate a la torre de Babel, de una vendedora de perfumes a la economía global, del trueque al capitalismo, de Da Vinci a la bomba atómica, todo es racional, explicativo, buscando a cada elemento su lugar y a cada fenómeno su sitio dentro de la aparente lógica humana, de cerebro altamente desarrollado y pulgares oponibles. Pero esta terca repetición de una lógica de conceptos y relaciones de ideas no hace sino poner de manifiesto lo ilógico de la situación de los humanos y empieza a dolernos lo que vemos, la ironía nos abofetea y el tinglado queda desvelado. Ya no hay razones para la risa, a partir de ahora veremos todo aquello que se ocultaba debajo de las retóricas explicaciones y que revela el destino del hombre, aquél que no conquistó sus derechos como ciudadano y por eso debe disputar la basura con los cerdos. Jorge Furtado dirigió en 1989 este corto documental utilizando el itinerario que hace un tomate como base para formular una crítica de la miseria humana, haciendo patente la cadena de relaciones que la construyen y la hacen invisible, que la sitúan como una parte lógica del orden social y económico en el que vivimos y que debido a su permanencia en el tiempo ya nos parece esencial y no accidental.The irony appears from the beginning and over a black background and with stark cynicism we can read 'This is not a fiction film', 'There is a place called the Island of Flowers' and 'God does not exist'. The rhetoric continues to parody and laughter is installed with a repetitive sequence of images and concepts that seem be explained to an alien. From tomato to the tower of Babel, from a perfume seller to the global economy, from barter to Capitalism, from Da Vinci to the atomic bomb, everything is rational, explanatory, looking a place for each element and a site for each phenomenon within the apparent human logic, with its highly developed brain and its opposable thumbs. But this stubborn repetition of a logic of concepts and relations of ideas merely highlight the illogic of the situation of human being and what we see begins to hurt, irony slaps us and plot is revealed. There is no more reason for laughter, from now we will see all that is hidden beneath the rhetorical explanations and reveals the destiny of man, a man who did not win their rights as a citizen and therefore should dispute the garbage to pigs. Jorge Furtado directed this short documentary in 1989 using the route that makes a tomato as a basis to formulate a critique of human misery, making clear the chain of relationships that construct and make it invisible, place it as a logical part of the social and economic order in which we live and that because its continuance in time it already seems essential and not accidental." 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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. In 2000 he graduated in Hispanic Philology from the University of Barcelona and the same year is integrated into the team responsible for the four volumes of 'Life written by women' by the Editorial Lumen, on pioneering women writers in Spain. In parallel has published four books: 'Run, rocker: personal chronicle of the eighties' (2000), 'Limousines and Stars: half a century of rock (1954-2004)' (2004), 'Hotel Earth' (2006) and 'History of hunger and thirst' (2006). He has also collaborated with various Spanish media as El País, El Mundo, ABC, La Razón, Diario 16, El Periódico de Catalunya and La Vanguardia." 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Sus temas favoritos eran la sociedad, la religión, la política, la filosofía y las cuestiones personales, y su estilo fue controvertido y rebosante de humor negro. Tanto en sus actuaciones en directo como durante las entrevistas, criticaba a menudo el consumismo, la superficialidad, la mediocridad y la banalidad de los medios y de la cultura popular, describiéndolos como instrumentos de opresión de la clase dominante, con la intención de 'mantener a la gente estúpida y apática'. En este vídeo asegura que para tener una vida mejor no es necesario mucho esfuerzo, ni trabajar duro, ni tener dinero. Simplemente, hay que tomar una decisión.Bill Hicks was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist and musician. His material largely consisted of general discussions about society, religion, politics, philosophy and personal issues, and was often controversial and steeped in dark comedy. 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