The Battle of Brazil Begins

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,” criticJack 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.

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