• Today, Brazil is a widely, feverishly loved film, but once upon a time it had its share of detractors—specifically, those who financed it and released it in the U.S. In the documentary The Battle of “Brazil,” critic Jack Mathews charts director Terry Gilliam and producer Arnon Milchan’s struggles to get Universal to put out the filmmaker’s cut, which the studio found too dark and difficult (marketing division president Marvin Antonowsky suggested it was more of an art-house specialty film than a mainstream movie). Here, in a clip from the documentary, which is available in full on our special edition of Brazil, Gilliam and Milchan describe the first important—and disastrous—screening for the execs.

9 comments

  • By John Suarez
    December 06, 2012
    04:49 PM

    Amazing film!
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  • By Sidney
    December 06, 2012
    06:37 PM

    One of the most nightmarish, bleak, but brilliant films about the future.
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    • By tuttle
      December 20, 2012
      12:53 PM

      I think its about the past, present and future.
  • By Sean
    December 07, 2012
    03:46 AM

    Someone should make a movie about the drama surrounding the release of Brazil.
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    • By Jose
      December 11, 2012
      09:41 AM

      My dream is to become a filmmaker. That would be a wonderful idea.
  • By Craig J. Clark
    December 07, 2012
    08:03 AM

    This is a good documentary, but Mathews's book about Gilliam's struggle with Universal to get his version of the film released is even better. As a bonus, it even includes the film's screenplay. No Brazilophile is complete without it.
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  • By Gord
    December 08, 2012
    05:30 AM

    I'm never warmed to Brazil; don't know why. I certainly don't think it's a bad film. But I love Gilliam he's an inspiration.
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  • By Sleestak
    December 11, 2012
    02:22 PM

    I was lucky to see this on the big screen when it was released. There were four people in the theater and one couple walked out. My friend and I were reaching for the stars on some primo bud having a wonderful time until around 30 minutes in. Allow me to state the obvious: Brazil is not a film to view whilst under the influence of a substance that can possibly alter time perception and induce paranoia. By the way there is a brilliant documentary in the supplements of Tideland (my personal Gilliam fave) that is almost as frustrating to watch as Lost in La Mancha.
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  • By Robert Baum
    November 15, 2013
    05:08 PM

    Have been fascinated with the film since I saw it in 1986. And the version I saw was the domestic cut. Seeing the director's cut many years later was a treat. To this day, Giilliam's version is the gold standard and Ian still surprised by the scenes which weren't in the American release.
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