This lavish, impudent, adult fairy tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting.
Josef von Báky
The fantastic tale of an 18th century aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the improbable adventures. Written by
Keith Loh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
By the end of the first week of shooting, the production was already a week behind schedule. See more »
When the executioner is about to cut the Baron's head the second time the axe is facing the wrong side and suddenly it's on the right position in the close up. See more »
Take this man, Baron. He has today shown a commendable level of Bravery, far beyond the call of Duty.
That's all right, sir. Proud to be doing my job.
Have him executed at once.
[Soldier is dragged away]
We can't have such emotional people demoralising the average citizen.
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Yet another wild, whacked out fantasy from Terry Gilliam, the only American born member of the Monty Python comedy troupe.
This is the story of Baron Munchausen (Neville), an old man still being chased by an Arabian king because after winning a bet Munchausen took too much money out of the king's vaults and now the king and his army are apparently attacking a colony because Munchausen's there. With the help of toothy little girl (Sarah Polley before she grew up to do the remake of "Dawn of the Dead") and rounding up his old comrades (among them Eric Idle, the "third tallest member of Monty Python"). All sorts of wild insanity ensues.
This was the last of Gilliam's "trilogy of the imagination", the other two entries in this so called trilogy being "Time Bandits" and "Brazil". If Terry Gilliam has a flaw with his fantasies, it may very well be that he drags out some gags too long, even if its a really good gag. Though I'm not entirely sure I enjoy his work, I must say I admire Gilliam and the recklessness of his projects, because at least he's got the balls to try to do things differently. To this day, he still ranks as being one of the most off the wall, unconventional director chaps out there.
All in all, I think I liked this one better than either "Time Bandits" or "Brazil" (though "Brazil" probably has the most racy commentary of Gilliam's so called trilogy).
Best line: "We're out of virgins." - Jonathan Pryce
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