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This entry explores the formation of Unofficial Trilogies or connections of three narratively standalone films that make a thematic triad. Using Terry Gilliam’s Trilogy of the Imagination as an example, this essay film applies a posthuman critique to explore concepts of aging and time in regards to a human lifespan. Framed using The Three Ages of Man, this essay film takes the form of a travelogue organized by an interactive map of each of the respective ages to examine how imagination connects man’s life within the films of Gilliam’s trilogy and other films around it.


Barthes, Roland. “Toys,” Mythologies. trans. Richard Howard and Annette Laver. New York, New York, Hill and Wang, 2012.

Horkheimer, Max, & Adorno, Theodor W. The Dialectic of the Enlightenment. trans. John Cumming, New York, New York, Verso, 1997.

Jung, Carl. “The Psychology of the Child Archetype,” Collected Works of C.G. Jung: Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, ed. Gerhard Alder and R.F.C Hull, Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1969.

Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. London, United Kingdom, Secker & Warburg, 1949.

Rutsky, R. L. “Technologies,” The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Posthuman. ed. Bruce Clarke and Manuela Rossini. Cambridge, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, 2016.



12 Monkeys. Directed by Terry Gilliam. Universal Pictures, 1995.

1984. Directed by Michael Anderson. Columbia Pictures, 1956.

1984. Directed by Michael Radford. 20th Century Fox, 1984.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Directed by Terry Gilliam. Columbia Pictures, 1988.

And Life Goes On. Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Kanun parvaresh fekri, 1992.

Brazil. Directed by Terry Gilliam. Universal Pictures, 1985.

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen. Directed by Karel Zeman. Ustredni Pujcovna Filmu, 1962.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Directed by Terry Gilliam. Universal Pictures, 1998.

Flint the Time Detective. “Lynx.” Fox Kids, March 26, 2000.

Google Earth, Chrome Version Brazil, South America.

Google Earth, Chrome Version Canonbury Square, London, England, United Kingdom.

La Jetée. Directed by Chris Marker. Argos Films, 1962.

Joker. Directed by Todd Phillips. Warner Bros., 2019.

Labyrinth. Directed by Jim Henson. Tri-Star Pictures, 1986.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. “French Elections.” HBO, April 16, 2017.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm (video game). Square Enix, 2018.

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. Directed by Masami Hata & William Hurtz. Toho Towa, 1989.

Midsommar. Directed by Ari Aster. A24, 2019.

Notorious. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. RKO Radio Pictures, 1946.

Parasite. Directed by Bong Joon-ho. CJ Entertainment, 2019.

Requiem for a Dream. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Artisan Entertainment, 2000.

Return to Oz. Directed by Walter Murch. Walt Disney Pictures, 1985.

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise. Directed by Hiroyuki Yamaga. Toho Towa, 1987.

The Third Man. Directed by Carol Reed. British Lion Film Corporation, 1949.

Through the Olive Trees. Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Miramax Films, 1994.

Three Colors: Blue. Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski. MK2 Productions, 1993.

Three Colors: Red. Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski. MK2 Productions, 1994.

Three Colors: White. Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski. MK2 Productions, 1994.

Time Bandits. Directed by Terry Gilliam. AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1981.

Vertigo. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Paramount Pictures, 1958.

Where is the Friend’s Home?. Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Kanun parvaresh fekri, 1987.

The Wizard of Oz. Directed by Victor Fleming. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1939.

About the Author

John Vu

Master of Arts in Cinema Studies, San Francisco State University, Candidate

Bachelor of Arts in Radio-Television-Film, San Jose State Univerity

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