Box Office Busts! week continues at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Terry Gilliam’s wonderfully wacky “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,” starring John Neville, Eric Idle, Uma Thurman, Robin Williams and a very young Sarah Polley.
Cinematically, notorious 18th century liar Munchausen’s tall
tales date back to 1911, but received their most spectacular treatment in Terry
Gilliam’s big budget boxoffice fiasco, which followed an elaborate Nazi-era
adaptation and Karel Zeman’s brilliant 1961 combo of animation and live action.
Intentionally buried by its Gilliam-averse US distributor, it’s a technical
marvel that fared very well critically, but not with audiences.