THE TERRY GILLIAM FILES // "MUNCHAUSEN" (1989)
Shout For Your City!
Within the walls of a city under bombardment by an invading Turkish army, citizens struggle to survive while the ruling parties strive to keep order (or at least a very good facsimile of such). Among the extraordinary details of the backdrop to THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN are the hastily scribbled proclamations and orders, seemingly written under the duress of a city under siege, plastered over the walls and monuments, or covering the desks of harried clerks. Barely discernible to the audience, they nonetheless show a formidable aplomb, or at least a hopeful patina of dignity ("Cannibalism is strictly forbidden"), and an attempt to retain the trappings of an efficient and judicious government -- not unlike the overbearingly (in)efficient bureaucracy of BRAZIL.
Below are transcriptions of some of the hastily scribbled, dictionary-averse orders, with only some of the more egregious mis-spellings corrected.
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