BOSTON AREA MEMBERS: Monty Python "The Wind In The Willows" at the Brattle 9/14-15

Jason Seaver

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Since An American Werewolf In London was delayed (again), the Brattle had to come up with a replacement, and somehow managed to dig up a copy of this delight.
For those who have never seen it (probably most of you), it's a fantastical adaptation of the classic book, directed by Terry Jones and basically a Monty Python reunion - Jones plays Toad, Eric Idle is Rat, Michael Palin is Mr. Sun, John Cleese is... well, I'm not telling. It has a whimsical production design where the characters are basically humanoid, with flourishes (Rat's whiskers, Toad's green color, etc). It works, trust me.
Not many people saw this in the U.S.; distribution was a mess - Miramax was to distribute it, but the theatrical run went from Miramax to Columbia as part of the settlement for the Scream/Screamers lawsuit. Columbia did nothing to promote it since they wouldn't have the video rights (where the real money is made on family films). Mirimax/BV then did nothing with it to avoid confusion with the animated Wind In The Willows, and because it was too unusual to pigeonhole an audience for it.
 

Mark Pfeiffer

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Jason Whyte

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Capitol 6 in Victoria "Just couldn't get the print, sorry" a few years back, and it never screened at any other theaters. I think defunct Malofilm distribution carried it up here.
Also interested in a DVD release.
Jason
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[Edited last by Jason_Whyte on September 15, 2001 at 03:32 AM]
 

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