MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,067 this week

Baron Munchausen's Dream (1911)
"Les aventures de baron de Munchhausen" (original title)

 -  Short  -  November 1911 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 173 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 2 critic

After an evening of excessive wining and dining Baron Munchausen must be helped to bed by his servants. Once asleep, he has bizarre and frightening dreams.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (translation)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2579 titles
created 31 May 2011
 
a list of 233 titles
created 11 Jan 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 04 May 2012
 
a list of 212 titles
created 9 months ago
 
list image
a list of 210 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Baron Munchausen's Dream (1911)

Baron Munchausen's Dream (1911) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Baron Munchausen's Dream.

User Polls

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place. He then removes his head, and throwing it in the air, it appears on ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the moon.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès, Jules-Eugène Legris, Victor André
Short | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.

Director: Edwin S. Porter
Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, A.C. Abadie, George Barnes
Short | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Scientists from all over the world are meeting to discuss the best way to reach the North Pole. Professor Maboul demonstrates for them the innovative equipment that he has designed for the ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès, Fernande Albany
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.

Director: Terry Gilliam
Stars: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: André Méliès, Georges Méliès
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A band-leader assembles an orchestra by mystifying means.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A bat flies into an ancient castle and transforms itself into Mephistopheles himself. Producing a cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a young girl and various supernatural creatures, one ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Jeanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès
The Black Imp (1905)
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

"In the opening of this film is seen the astronomer intently poring over his books. Suddenly, in a cloud of smoke, Satan appears and surprises the astronomer. At the command of the Fairy ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Into a photography studio full of large fantastic machines steps an elderly couple. The bearded proprietor explains the equipment and gives them a demonstration: he starts machines whirring... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Fernande Albany, Georges Méliès
Edit

Storyline

After an evening of excessive wining and dining Baron Munchausen must be helped to bed by his servants. Once asleep, he has bizarre and frightening dreams.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

November 1911 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baron Munchausen's Dream  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Die Abenteuer des Freiherrn von Münchhausen (1944) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Baron Wines and Dines Well
12 January 2007 | by (Westchester County, NY) – See all my reviews

This fantasy-comedy is one of the later works of "trick film" pioneer Georges Méliès, who started production in 1896 and made literally hundreds of these charming little movies before his career foundered in 1914. For viewers familiar with his style Baron Munchhausen's Dream (as it was known in the U.S.) presents a number of the director's characteristic touches; for newcomers it may serve as a succinct digest of the special effects and comic motifs he had perfected during his fifteen years of film-making, rather like a cinematic medley of Georges' Greatest Hits.

As the film begins we join a dinner party of 18th century aristocrats, periwigged gentlemen and ladies in silk dresses, dining and drinking and chatting with great animation. It is suggested they move to the ballroom to dance, and most of the celebrants exit, but the host, Baron Munchausen, is too intoxicated to dance -- in fact, he can barely walk, and has to be helped to bed by servants. We notice immediately that his bedroom is dominated by an enormous mirror. Soon, as Munchausen falls asleep, this mirror becomes a stage-like setting for the baron's elaborate and disturbing dream. He travels to Egypt and is terrorized by the Pharaoh; he sees a trio of women (the Three Fates?) who turn into monstrous animals; he is menaced by giant insects; he sees women in Greek-style costumes who strike classical poses and then transform into an ornate fountain; he finds himself in a grotto where acrobatic demons tumble in every direction; he is confronted by a dragon; he is horrified by a spider-like woman in a giant web, then encounters a moon man with a bizarre face. The moon man's tongue becomes grotesquely long, and then his nose does likewise. When the baron sees an elephant wearing eye-glasses he reaches his limit of endurance. He smashes the mirror with a bedside table, then plummets through it. He falls out the window of his home but fortunately his night-shirt snags on an iron fence and he is discovered by his servants dangling above the sidewalk, unhurt but caught in a most undignified position. We get one last look at Baron Munchausen the following morning, as he grimaces into his mirror with a pained expression.

This is a funny short as far as it goes, and if you've never seen a Méliès comedy it's well worth a look, but those wondering why his career ended so abruptly will find the answer here: while other directors were forging ahead with new cinematic techniques, Méliès was still producing the same sort of film he'd made repeatedly since the 1890s, with all the same effects produced from the same dwindling bag of tricks. The camera maintains its usual distance from the actors, with no close-ups. Méliès seemed to regard his actors as interchangeable puppets who were there to undergo transformations, strike tableaux-like poses or to react, but not to have any existence as recognizable characters. The movies were maturing past their infancy by 1911, and audience expectations were changing; the pioneer producers who survived into the new era of feature-length films were the ones who were able to accommodate movie-goers' new demands. Georges Méliès apparently saw no need to adapt or update his style and, as enjoyable as his films undeniably were, this creative paralysis was a primary reason his career ended prematurely; the First World War, and its impact on trade in Europe, was also a major factor.

Meanwhile, Baron Munchhausen's Dream is a perfectly pleasant example of this director's work, and serves as something of a summation of his best creative qualities, but it also demonstrates Georges Méliès' fatal limitations as a filmmaker.


19 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Baron Munchausen's Dream (1911) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page