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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Released 1989
Distributor Columbia

Cinematically, notorious 18th century liar Munchausen’s tall tales date back to 1911, but received their most spectacular treatment in Terry Gilliam’s big budget boxoffice fiasco, which followed an elaborate Nazi-era adaptation and Karel Zeman’s brilliant 1961 combo of animation and live action. Intentionally buried by its Gilliam-averse US distributor, it’s a technical marvel that fared very well critically, but not with audiences.

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About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.