Sunday, May 09, 2004

The town is in no immediate danger

Just finished downloading one of my four or five favourite movies, Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen. The one who's first ten minutes i always go on and on about being the entire inspiration for Kusturica's Underground (well, just watch it and tell me if i'm not right). A film about the opposition between war and imagination, which ultimately defines which of the two is most powerful. Must be seen by most people possible, especially recommended when on the verge of armed conflicts.
Some facts you probably didn't know about this movie:

-It was partly filmed in Cinecittà(Rome) while Federico Fellini was filming Intervista, one of his underrated final movies. One day, he set his director's chair in front of Gilliam's office door, and filmed a long self-interview scene. Meanwhile, Gilliam was trapped inside his office, too scared to open the door thus ruining The Maestro's work. (Afterwards, Fellini apologized by inviting Gilliam out for dinner with himself and Giulietta Masina. Quite an encounter.)

-Gilliam's assistant director during the Rome shoots (other locations were in the desert near Saragoza in Spain. Which is also the location of one of my favurite books, but i digress) was Michele Soavi, who would some years later direct the cult movie Dellamorte Dellamore scripted by the great Tiziano Sclavi, comic book scripter, writer, former manic depressive and surrealist.

-Uma Thurman is featured her first major movie role. In one of the most visually memorable scenes ever, Gilliam recreates Botticelli's Birth Of Venus with Ms. Thurman as the goddess.

-The last time this movie was shown in a cinema in Trieste, the webmaster was kindly asked to leave the premises after having issued rather loud complaints regarding the truncated end credits.

More interesting tidbits on this masterpiece(or at least, i think it is) over at Phil Stubbs' wonderful Dreams website