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We always had a budget of 34 or 35 million, the problem was when I started to discuss it with Columbia, Columbia would not go beyond Everybody knew from the very beginning that this cutting out was just a fake. The problem was that David Puttnam got fired, and all these deals were oral deals. Go and see them by all means - but to be in them, fucking madness!!! It was just so dangerous. Being in freezing cold water for long periods of time and working endless hours.
It was physically grueling and unsafe. He is open to every single idea and opportunity to make the end result work. Often the best ideas have come out of something not working properly and coming up with a new concept as a result. The ultimate fact was that when the film was ultimately released, there were only prints made for America — so it was never really released. We were ultimately the victim of Columbia Tri-Star being sold to Sony, because at that time all they were doing was trying to get the books looking as good as possible.
They were burying films left right and center by spending no money on them—and the books looked really good at the end of that. The joke is, if you look back, we got the best reviews and we were doing the best business in the opening weeks of any film they had released since Last Emperor. We actually opened well in the big cities—we opened really well. A friend who had bought the video rights said he had never seen anything so weird—Columbia was spending their whole time looking at exit polls to prove the film would not work in the suburbs, and so it would be pointless to make any more prints.
Then it becomes this kind of legend—which it deserves to be Baron Munchausen is full of whimsy, fantasy, bright colors, and fabulous characters. None is as fantastic as the Baron himself as played, with a twinkle in his eye, by the grand John Neville. But "allowing for the unsuccessful passages there is a lot here to treasure", and Ebert concluded overall, "this is a vast and commodious work", "the wit and the spectacle of Baron Munchausen are considerable achievements".
So here it is! A lavish fairy tale for bright children of all ages! The most inventive fantasy since, well, Brazil! Vincent Canby called the film "consistently imaginative" and a "spectacle [that] is indeed spectacular and worth the admission price and patches of boredom"; he said the "major credit must go to Giuseppe Rotunno , the cameraman; Dante Ferretti , the production designer; Richard Conway , who did the special effects, and Peerless Camera Company Ltd.
Without them, Baron Munchausen would have looked about as big and as interesting as a cent postage stamp.
Las aventuras del barón de Münchhausen