Cinema: Lying with A Straight Face

THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN Directed by Terry Gilliam

Screenplay by Charles McKeown and Terry Gilliam

The grandest film folly since Heaven's Gate! The $40 million pratfall! The project that put Columbia Pictures in the commode! Even Baron Karl Friedrich Hieronymus von Munchhausen, the 18th century adventurer and fabulist on whose alleged exploits this film is based, might pause before telling such tales of artistic profligacy. But Terry Gilliam has the wounds to prove it.

Gilliam, who learned from his days with Monty Python to be truculent and never truckle, had earlier fought Universal Pictures when it was reluctant to release...

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