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A Big Zero 

When Monty Python's Flying Circus first broke big in the UK and later across North America back in the '70s, who'd have predicted the brilliant comedy troupe's lone American would have such a long future ahead as a much-praised film director? Such was Terry Gilliam's happy fate. Gilliam crafted the madcap animations for Python's BBC series but otherwise stayed mainly off-set, appearing in far fewer sketches than any of his cohorts. In the ensuing years he's mastered the big screen as the director of films such as Brazil and The Fisher King. The Zero Theorem is his new one. It's about a reclusive computer genius named Qohen Leth who's obsessively at labor on a grand project to uncover the meaning of life -- or the absence of said meaning. But when Leth experiences the all-consuming power of love and desire, he discovers his reason for being. The Zero Theorem plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (September 20 and 21) at the Moore Auditorium on Webster University's campus (470 East Lockwoood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). Admission is $4 to $6.
Sat., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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