R | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors and actresses play multiple roles, giving the movie a stagy tone.
The line "A great philosopher once wrote" is sampled from this movie in the song "Ebeneezer Goode" by The Shamen.
Sir James Burgess:
Professor Stewart was too far in advance of his time, but his name will live long. We will stand in silence, in grateful memory for fifteen seconds.
Blood on Travis' face appears and disappears after the interrogation scene.
Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival with a running time of 192 mins. First released in the US at 166 minutes.