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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.
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on 9 February 1999
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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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.
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on 14 February 1999
What went into the release of Brazil is a fascinating look into how Hollywood operates and the lack of respect they have for the makers of movies and the audince that pays to watch the movies. A fascinating look at the "dumbing down" of movies and why it is so.
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on 22 August 1998
It's about time this book was back in print! And an updated version no less! The book primarily relates a blow-by-blow account of director Terry Gilliam's struggle to get studio executives to release his film "Brazil" without first 'dumbing it down' for the American market. But the book also succeeds on another level by giving you glimpses into the filmmaker's vision for the film and leaves you wondering how much more the film could have been if not for the harsh reality that movies are a business. A 'must have' for any fan of the movie.
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on 22 July 1998
This is a great book about the troubles of releasing the movie Brazil for Universal Pictures. It's much more sympathetic than Andrew Yules Losing the light which is another fine book. It includes the screenplay which is a bonus.
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