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The Fisher King Video Tribute (Stunning! Must see.)

I made a video tribute for The Fisher King film mixed with the song “Under Pressure” by David Bowie.

No other artist re-mix of the song (and there are many) or any visual artistic work represents either the film or the music better than THIS video inspired by their work.

This video also represents Robin’s tender spirit and prayer for compassion quite well.  After Robin’s passing, Terry Gilliam even acknowledged that Robin gave insane passion to the creation of the slashed and torn scene.
 
What is incredible about this choice of music is that “Under Pressure” was featured in TWO of Robin’s other films but NOT in this one.  (Bowie and Queen released the song in 1981 which was 10 years before the film The Fisher King.  However, this song by Queen did not show up in Robin’s films until the World’s Greatest Dad in 2009 and Happy Feet 2 in 2011.)

I wish Robin and David Bowie saw this tribute before they passed.  I hope that Terry Gilliam sees it and anyone that was cast or crew on the above mentioned productions see it.


Tribute film for The Fisher King.  Warning: Graphic violence at 1m30.  Created for discussion and educational purposes.  Note how well the scenes fit with the music.  It is STUNNING.  The frames  are intentionally choppy to symbolize a dream and memories which are typically fragmented.  This may give the idea that since it is a dream, you still have a choice.

The choice of using film to convey values and inspire goes far beyond the director and the actor.

The Fisher King did something RARELY seen in films; it also acknowledges that network executives hold enormous power in what the public will eventually consume with their minds and hearts.

This video is a prayer to everyone in the entertainment industry to choose your words well and live in compassion… with divine grace.

THIS IS THE HOLY GRAIL.

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Read more HERE about the making of this scene above.   It will help you better appreciate the video tribute I made and Robin’s tender heart.


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Trailer and Insight into The Fisher King Film (Background for this film)

In the film The Fisher King,  Robin Williams played a homeless man whose life as an academic was destroyed when his mind snapped after witnessing the brutal murder of his wife.

As a mentally ill homeless man who fancies himself a modern-day knight searching for the Holy Grail, his fervent wish of compassion for the homeless merges clearly merges with his off-screen legacy.

Not only did he raise nearly $70 million with friends for the homeless, but he also testified to Congress on the topic.

To understand the context of the film, The Fisher King, here is a modified trailer/spoiler.
The film took a difficult subject and made it delightful and inspiring!

During the making of this film there is one particular scene where Robin was extra-ordinarily passionate.    He literally was ripping his heart out to produce this scene below.

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The director was having a difficult time consoling him and calming him because his passion was so strong.  Read more HERE about the making of this scene above.   It will help you better appreciate the video tribute I made and Robin’s tender heart.

PLEASE do see THIS video tribute and Robin’s prayer of compassion for the homeless.


You can learn more about the film in the links below:

A knight on a special quest needs help. (The challenge to find the Holy Grail begins)

This is a clip from the movie, with VERY subtle modifications.   I modified the clock  in this film from the dance scene at Grand Central Station.

I added two references from other films at 3m36.  One is reference to the “no sheep” improv scene from Law and Order SVU   The other reference came from Jumanji.

Pursuit of the Holy Grail has been the common thread of his career and his humanity.

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Feel the sting of his shaft! (Our hero enters the film)

In the Fisher King, Jack finds severe consequences for abusing the power of his words.  

Jack is about to give up on his own life, when a homeless character makes a stunning entry into the story of this film.

Homelessness can happen for some incredible reasons that are painfully unjust. 

These same people then endure ridicule for their status or are even KILLED for it.  ~ ~ NOT KIDDING.

Please be kind and respect ALL forms of life.

This film takes you on an incredible journey of love, redemption and the meaning of the Holy Grail.

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Words and ideas CAN change the world! (Opening scenes)

Dead Poets Society isn’t the only film where Robin made it STUNNINGLY clear that words and ideas can change the world. 

The Fisher King is a film that Robin poured all his life energy into and if you look at his life work holistically, you can understand why.
Caution.  Contains brief graphic violence ~3m11

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The Story of the Fisher King (As Told by Robin)

Did you ever hear the story of the Fisher King?

Begins with the king as a boy, having to the spend the night alone
…in the forest to prove his courage, so he can become king.

While he’s spending the night alone…
…he’s visited by a sacred vision.

Out of the fire appears the Holy Grail…
…symbol of God’s divine grace.

And a voice said to said to the boy
“You shall be keeper of the Grail…
…so that it may heal
the hearts of men.”

But the boy was blinded by
greater visions of a life…
…filled with power
and glory and beauty.

And in this state
of radical amazement…
…he felt for a brief moment,
not like a boy…
…but invincible.

Like God.

So he reached in the fire
to take the Grail…
…and the Grail vanished…
…leaving him with his hand
in the fire to be terribly wounded.
Now, as this boy grew older…
…his wound grew deeper.

Until one day…
…life for him lost its reason.
He had no faith in any men,
not even himself.

He couldn’t love…
…or feel loved.
He was sick with experience.

He began to die.
One day, a fool wandered
into the castle and found the king alone.
And being a fool, he was simple-minded.
He didn’t see a king.
He only saw a man alone…
…and in pain.

And he asked the king,
“What ails you, friend?”

And the king replied:
” I’m thirsty.  I need some water to cool my throat.”
So the fool took a cup from beside his bed, filled it with water…
…and handed it to the king.
And as the king began to drink…
…he realized his wound was healed.

He looked  at his hands and there was the Holy Grail…
…that which he sought all of his life!

He turned to the fool and said with amazement
” How could you find that which my brightest and bravest could not?”

The fool replied:
” I don’t know.
I only knew that you were thirsty.”
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PLEASE do see THIS video tribute and Robin’s prayer of compassion for the homeless.


You can learn more about the film in the links below:

Robin Talking to Oprah about The Fisher King

This period when the Fisher King was released seems to be some of the happiest moments in his life. 

HE WAS SO HILARIOUS… TRULY ON FIRE!

The above is 2 interviews.  The first is  after Good Morning Vietnam was released.  Then starting at 35m is another interview as the Fisher King was being released.

I love his thoughts about the Fisher King.  I had automatically created another identity too when I became homeless.  My name became Serenity for almost 2 years.  No forethought.  It just happened.  So his description about it fascinated me.

This is one of my favorite interviews.  Anyone who deeply enjoys this sweet soul will be quite entertained by this long video.

…And his special laugh was so present during much of this interview.  When you hear it, you know you are hearing such a pure joy!

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PLEASE do see THIS video tribute and Robin’s prayer of compassion for the homeless.


You can learn more about the film in the links below:

 

Robin’s Legacy and Testimony to Congress

In 1990 Robin Williams and Whoopie Goldberg testified before a Senate panel chaired by Senator Edward Kennedy urged Congress to support the Homelessness Prevention and Community Revitalization Act.

Robin made a PROFOUND statement at 8m30 about the heart of the problem:

"...to truly prevent homelessness THAT'S where it lies.  You can't keep picking people up.  You have to stop them from falling."

While he appeared nervous at times during his testimony, he didn’t hesitate to slam anyone who took the crisis lightly.  He urged Congress to look beyond such short-term “Band-Aid” efforts and to actually find long-term solutions to end homelessness.

Robin Williams led by example.

Together with Bob Zmuda, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal, the Academy Award-winning actor helped raise more than $70 million for Comic Relief, a nonprofit that donated 100 percent of its proceeds to help homeless people in need throughout the U.S. (Read more here.)
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For Robin this was not just a matter of talking about the problem or writing a check.  He was personally and directly involved.

Homelessness can happen for some incredible reasons that are painfully unjust.  These same people then endure ridicule for their status or are even killed for it.  (Let’s change that conversation.)

Homeless people deserve kindness and respect.  Robin knew that passionately, because he took the time to understand how someone could end up homeless.

This is Robin’s legacy!

Fast-forward to 2015…  Homelessness is a very big conversation.  I can speak about many aspects of it because it happened to me when someone destroyed my home while I was physically VERY vulnerable.

I had a successful business and an advanced degree… I am one of many that said “It won’t happen to me” and it did.

I chose to take a situation that nearly killed me and turn it into a gift for thousands of people, by sharing TIPS FROM SURVIVORS.   Insider lessons from those who lost their homes, so you can protect your loved ones, your home and life savings.

I hope in doing this, I can honor the legacy he and his friends inspired, and give us ALL the ability to better protect our homes and ability to thrive.  YOU ARE INVITED TO BE A PART OF IT TOO.

Every bit of love matters to carry on these very important legacies for future generations!

PLEASE do see THIS video tribute and Robin’s prayer of compassion for the homeless.


You can learn more about the film in the links below:

Precious Insight on Robin Williams’ Heart

Robin Williams’ most heartbreaking performance in The Fisher King was shared by the movie’s producer, Terry Gilliam, following Robin’s passing.

In this film Robin Williams played a homeless man whose life as an academic was destroyed when his mind snapped after witnessing the brutal murder of his wife.   After becoming a mentally ill homeless man, he fancied himself a modern-day knight searching for the Holy Grail.

Gilliam said “I think his character in ‘The Fisher King’ is in many ways the closest one to Robin, just that range — the madness, the damage, the pain, the sweetness, the outrageousness. That was the role I think that stretched him to the limits.”

Gilliam singled out a scene as being particularly painful to remember in the wake of the actor’s passing.   Robin moved from a romantic, blissful state into this more timid, frightened character as he got closer to his dream while fighting off the demon’s of his past.

From a director’s point of view it wasn’t a hard scene to shoot, but it was very hard from an acting point of view.  Gilliam reminisced “Robin was tearing his guts out emotionally. The interesting thing about Robin in all of those scenes was that he always wanted to do another take. He felt he had even more anguish and pain to spill out of the character.”

Terry Gilliam had to stop him and say, “Robin, you’ve reached a point here, way beyond what we expected. We’ve got what we needed. Now you’re just hurting yourself.”

Gilliam said “That happened a couple of times while we were shooting this scene. The most worrisome moment for me was after he’s been chased by the Red Knight, when he’s running through the streets, and then he comes to the river, where the teenage punks arrive and knife him. We had to do other things on that night shoot, too, and things were going very slowly.  Suddenly, we realized that we had like an hour until the dawn would arrive.”

This is the scene that Terry is referring to:fk_rwhomeless5

“The last shot we had to do was Robin running at the end of this scene, in this hysterical state.” Gilliam reminisced “You can even see the light ever so slightly beginning to come on the river in the background.”

Robin was so angry because it was such a crucial moment, and he felt he’d been cheated of his ability to really give this moment his all.  Robin was an incredibly strong guy.  When he’d worked himself into this state of madness for the part, nobody could approach him. The first assistant, the stunt guy … nobody wanted to get near him. They were terrified.”

So Gilliam said “Robin, what we have here is very good. And if we look at the rushes and it isn’t, I promise you, I will reshoot it.”   And Gilliam had to hug him and hold him.  He could feel these muscles that were so tense and so strong.  “They felt like they could easily rip my head off.”

Here is the very scene that Terry Gilliam is referring to. 

The symbolic importance of that scene is  WAY BEYOND comprehension for some… but those who get it, REALLY GET IT.

Robin cared deeply for the homeless and vulnerable.  As the curator of this website I cannot withhold the anguish I feel for not being able to go back in time to let Robin know how deeply I care for his dear soul and appreciate the feelings he had at that time.

This was a post Terry shared with friends after his passing:

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PLEASE see this video tribute (HERE).  I created it.  The focal point of the tribute is around this specific scene that Gilliam mentioned.


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