Daily Dispatch, 1 March 2009

Watched The Adventures of Baron Munchausen this morning. I hadn’t seen it before, and it’s indeed eye-poppingly great. The adventure to the Moon was especially great; the scale and style reminded me of Little Nemo in Slumberland. It looked like it was shot on an amazing soundstage, and it turned out to be shot at Cinecitt√†. ¬†How much realer do even the fakiest live-action special effects look (vs CGI)? I also kept thinking about how much it must have cost to make.

We made some grocery lists went to Johnny’s Foodmaster as the snow started.

And now Terri is knitting and watching the Celtics, and I’m writing this.

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  1. Muchausen cost a LOT (the budget would eventually double) and it proved to be a famously expensive flop. That and the fact that the production was legendary for being a fiasco overshadowed the movie’s genuine charms.

    There’s a great book about the making of the film called Losing the Light: Terry Gilliam and the Munchausen Saga. It’s both a sobering and hilarious account of how making a film can go terribly, terribly wrong.

    I miss snow but I’m grateful that I don’t have to shovel it.

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