Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Way to Phantasmagoria

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
1988.  126 minutes. UK. Directed by Terry Gilliam. Watchdate: 4/20/2012.
I love Terry Gilliam's quixotic fantasias, and any story that gives him an excuse (and a production design budget) to let his prodigious imagination run wild creating the baroque, grotesque worlds that are his speciality is okay by me. But the end of the movie is a wonderful and well-earned dramatical demonstration of the power of narrative and make believe to resist the stupid and violent inclinations of established authority, and that elevates it to something grander than just visionary entertainment.

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