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The Battle of Brazil Hardcover – 1987


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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Pub (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517565382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517565384
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 19.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1985, Universal Pictures released Terry Gilliam's film, "Brazil", under protest. Gilliam had mounted the first director's guerilla campaign against a major Hollywood studio to circumvent his mo being sliced to bits or shelved. "LA Times" film writer and writer Jack Mathews was right in the th the battle, acting as intermediary between the President of Universal, Sid Sheinberg and Gilliam and producer Arnon Milchan. This is a blow-by-blow account of that epic and historic fight as it happene 1985 as well as from the more sober perspective of a dozen years after. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 2000
Format: Paperback
Mathews' book is compulsive reading (I devoured it in one sitting). While the polemic about the stupidity of Scheiberg et al is entertaining to start with, I just wish there had been a little more attempt at balance: the unrelenting depiction of them as philistine morons gets wearisome after a while. In any case, the full story, complete with the script, makes this a must. This would be a book to read again and again...
...if the damn thing wasn't falling apart. The pages are not very well bound, so delicacy when reading is strongly advised; an unfortunate fate for such a page-turner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Feb 1999
Format: Paperback
Sure, I might be biased (Brazil is one of my favorite movies) but it was great to see the fighting that took place in order to unleash such a beautiful piece of work. A must read for anyone involved commercially in the creative process, and anyone who loves Terry Gilliam's Brazil.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun 1998
Format: Paperback
Jack Matthews' "The Battle of Brazil" not only contains the FULL story of Terry Gilliam's "battle" with Universal Pictures head Sid Sheinberg over the release of Brazil, but it also contains the complete annotated script for the film as well. This also includes photos from the film, both in color and black and white, and several pre-production sketches and other similar illustrations. Out of print since the late '80's I managed to snag a hardcover copy in 1992. This definitely a book that any fan of Terry Gilliam and especially the film "Brazil" should own.
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