on 14 May 2000
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.
on 11 June 1998
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.