The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Terry Gilliam can’t seem to catch a break. He, perhaps more than any other living filmmaker, has had to fight tooth and nail to capture his vision of a story and have it reach a mass audience. The films he’s made have been tampered with, re-edited by studios and even canceled altogether. His first big-budget fantasy, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, was set for a wide release when the studio behind it changed most of its staff and subsequently decided to bury the film. In 1989, it was released on a paltry 48 screens and quickly faded from sight. Ultimately, though, Munchausen got its due—the movie has since found a large fan base and is a cult-ish favorite at midnight screenings and art-gallery movie nights alike.
Tue., May 19, 7:30 p.m., 2009


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