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The stories of Baron Münchhausen were enriched by Karel Zeman with a character of a modern astronaut Tommy and compare two different worlds - the world of a rococo cavalier whose fantasy does not have any limits and the world of a young man of the present time. The astronaut (Rudolf Jelínek) finds on the moon the famous dreamer Baron Münchhausen (Milos Kopecký), who takes him back to earth and a variety of exaggerated adventures. Amusing variation on the old stories, using live action against deliberately artificial backgrounds. Written by
Zeman's Visual Poetry: The Most Charming Baron, Emerging from Dore's Paintings and Inspired Music
"Baron Munchausen" ("Baron Prasil" in Czech) is one of the most charming and poetic movies among those thousands which I saw ...
It is that very rare kind of movie I love to see for dozen and dozen of times, in virtually any mood and time ...
Old illustrations by Gustave Dore brought to life by an unforgettable visual imagination of Karel Zeman ...
Everything dressed in a soft melancholy of an enchanting music by great Zdenek Liska, so simple and sophisticated at the same time...
Though Zeman is mostly painting his magic world by his unique visual creativity, those able to understand the Czech dialogues get another lovely dimension, inhabited by fine jokes and never-tiring games with words...
And of course, Milos Kopecky as the Baron is the very symbol and soul of Munchausen ...
An essential classic movie for every true film fan (not recommended for nervous consumers and victims of Hollywood moneymakers, however).
How much those modern versions of Munchausen (and whatever are their modifications and names) miss the point of this magic Zeman's version: its fundamental visual craftsmanship, soft melancholy of a fable, an inspired music, and everything in a perfect union ...
How poor and tedious is 99.99% of that Hollywood stuff in comparison with this Zeman's masterpiece ...
No, they cannot do such a movie any more with all those naturalistic computer tricks, but a total lack of Karel Zeman's insight and visual poetry...
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