Baron Munchausen ?

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    Aug 31, 2008 10:09 AM GMT
    I was just flipping throught the headline stories on Yahoo and the biggest movie flops of all time came up and smack in the middle of the list was "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" an awesome film by the brilliant Terry Gilliam. I've been a fan of his since Time Bandits and have loved ( in varying degrees) all the films he has made.

    I know his films tend to not do so well at the box office (still can't understand why) but I can'tbeleive people would list that movie as a flop.

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    Aug 31, 2008 4:26 PM GMT
    I suppose if a flop was calculated based on the expense of the film as offset against the box office performance, it's understandable. It was a rather fantastic film, admittedly, but I'd imagine it was rather expensive to put together.
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    Aug 31, 2008 6:54 PM GMT
    I'd guess that the financial line is probably correct. I read somewhere that lots of people wanted Gilliam to do the "Harry Potter" films, but all of the finance people flatly said "NO."
  • mikeeugene

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    Aug 31, 2008 11:27 PM GMT
    Just so you know, it was a remake of the 1943 German Münchhausen directed by Josef von Báky. It has amazing detail and special effects, especially if you consider that it was made in a country in the process of being bombed to smithereens.

    I would imagine that the 1988 film did better in Europe than it did in the States. US descriptions of films tend to be by US standards.

    I didn't realize how silly that seems until I was in Stockholm while the Acadamy Awards were going on in Los Angeles. Someone on Swedish television described the Oscars as "when Hollywood gives awards to its own movies."