Paul Risker continues his Terry Gilliam retrospective...
In Part 3 of this ‘Retrospective Series’ I likened Brazil to Orson Welles’ The Trial and David Lynch’s Blue Velvet. There is another comparison that can be drawn between Welles and Gilliam, but this time it is Gilliam who has previously drawn the comparison, contextualising his ordeal with Munchausen to that of Orson Welles and The Magnificent Ambersons.
When it became common knowledge that Welles’ Citizen Kane was about newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the conflict that erupted engulfed the whole of Hollywood, as other studios offered to reimburse Rko if they saw fit to destroy the print of the film. Welles had acted with gall, the Hollywood elite had a long memory and his comeuppance was quick to follow, in fact on his next film: The Magnificent Ambersons. The producers cut forty minutes of footage, and just as Sid Sheinberg would add his happy ending to Brazil, »
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