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Happy 25th: Uma Thurman in a Half Shell

Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, also known as Uma Thurman Being a Literal Goddess For the First Time, opened 25 years ago today. Now, it's not technically true that this was Uma's cinematic debut since she appeared in two long forgotten movies (Kiss Daddy Goodnight, Johnny B Goode) and one well remembered one (Dangerous Liaisons) before March 10th 1989 when this film premiered (due to delays -- you know how Terry Gillian do). But it was meant to be her debut. And print the myth, you know? And Uma is enough of a goddess that she deserves the myth and not the truth.

Uma as "Venus, Goddess of Beauty and Love"

One of my favorite 80s anecdotes was Gilliam being furious that Dangerous Liaisons beat him to release in the two film contest of prestige costume pictures that could get the new jaw-droppingly beautiful starlet out of her costumes first for audiences. She was 18. I still remember this anecdote because Uma's breasts were among the first I remember seeing in a movie theater... and remaining among the finest.

It's somewhat strange that The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is so forgotten today. It was nominated for 4 Oscars in 1989: Makeup, Costumes, Art Direction and Visual Effects, making it the second most honored Gilliam film in Oscar's books (after The Fisher King) but maybe AMPAS was apologizing for only giving Brazil two nominations in 1985? Terry Gilliam hasn't been a major cinema presence in a very long time for reasons that are well documented but wouldn't it be sweet if he managed one last major artistic triumph in his 70s? 


Happy 25th anniversary (of sorts) to Uma Thurman and the Movie Camera! They've had a volatile affair but they were meant for each other. I guess this means we should all watch Nymphomaniac Pt 1 as soon as possible. 

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Reader Comments (6)

No actress had me questioning my sexuality more than Uma in this and Liaisons.
It was like, I get it!

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

Uma OWNS her scene in Nymphomaniac. Love her.

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTB

TB -- She does!

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

The Adventures of Munchhausen is criminally underrated. One of Gilliam's best, for sure.

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikadzuki

when does "nymphomaniac" premiere in the usa? it's so weird that here in brazil we have already seen it for so long - not me particularly, I haven't yet, because lars von trier is boring me a little - and "part 2" is already premiering this weekend. btw, brazil has changed the day when movies premiere from friday to thursday, and I hate that (there's a 'reason' but it's probably just an excuse to increase prices on thursdays and on wednesdays too maybe).

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

marcelo -- we get it on March 21st. though i think you can watch it on demand already. but i hate doing that when an actual movie screening is possible. I understand day and date but i don't quite understand video-on-demand before theatrical. weird.

March 11, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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