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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1943)

Münchhausen (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy | 6 August 1943 (Hungary)
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.

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Josef von Báky
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Albers ... Baron Münchhausen
Wilhelm Bendow Wilhelm Bendow ... Der Mondmann
Michael Bohnen Michael Bohnen ... Herzog Karl von Braunschweig
Hans Brausewetter ... Freiherr von Hartenfeld
Marina von Ditmar ... Sophie von Riedesel
Andrews Engelmann ... Fürst Potemkin
Käthe Haack ... Baronin Münchhausen
Brigitte Horney ... Zarin Katharina II
Waldemar Leitgeb Waldemar Leitgeb ... Fürst Grigorij Orlow
Walter Lieck Walter Lieck ... Der Läufer
Ferdinand Marian ... Graf Cagliostro
Hubert von Meyerinck ... Prinz Anton Ulrich
Jaspar von Oertzen Jaspar von Oertzen ... Graf Lanskoi
Werner Scharf Werner Scharf ... Prinz Francesco d'Este
Armin Schweizer Armin Schweizer ... Johann
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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.

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Certificate:

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

6 August 1943 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(restored) | (premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Erich Kästner is widely reported to be billed as "Berthold Bürger" on this film, but there is in fact no writing credit at all. Kästner was a banned author in Nazi Germany and his books were among those burnt in 1933, which was the reason for the lack of writing credit here. Joseph Goebbels gave Kästner only a special permission to write a script, on which the author was actually named as Berthold Bürger. However he also give instruction to the German press never to mention the real author of the script nor to mention the name Berthold Bürger. Therefore no writing credits in the movie was used. See more »

Goofs

Sophia's "beauty spots" disappear and reappear during the opening scenes of the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The length of this film when submitted to the Film Review Office in March 1943, according to the Deutsches Filminstitut, was originally 134 minutes (or 3662 meters). This version was used for the premiere of the film at the Ufa-Palast am Zoo. Three months later, a second version (the general release version) was submitted, cut down to 118 minutes (3225 meters). After the war, the next version (December 1949) was 105 minutes, the 1954 version 101 minutes, the version for general audiences (shown that year) 88 minutes. In 1995, a first restoration was assembled by the F.W. Murnau Foundation, clocking in at 114 minutes. In 2017, a 35mm Agfacolor print was discovered at the Gosfilmofond of Russia. That print, which runs 131m (3590m), was restored and used for the 2019 Blu-ray release. See more »

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Version of The Outrageous Baron Munchausen (1962) See more »

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Impressive non Hollywood "Hollywood" movie
21 February 2011 | by kg2006See all my reviews

In film history class we were usually shown a silent era German movie followed by Triumph of the Will. This film ought to be included. It is surprising on a few fronts. One is the high production values. Not a cheap movie at all. Even when compared to a US technicolor film of the period, this had a few advantages like real European locations, access to the Venice canals (a movie in colour first?). It could also be the first colour film to show a space-science fiction sequence. The effects were impressive for the time and its clear that the Gilliam version borrowed some fx ideas from this. The often heard assumption that Germany's best film technicians all fled or were killed simply isn't true judging by this. Very colourful film. The language barrier prevented me from judging the comic timing very well but looked as though the performances were on target. As others have pointed out the nudity and sexual talk is rather jarring to see when you think of the US censorship board of the period. Probably the two biggest surprises were the black people(!) and the not so unsubtle digs at the regime. The villain with the moustache talking about invading Poland really came as a surprise. This flies in the face of what I often heard-that Germans were brainwashed by Hitler-clearly there was some dissent judging from this. And it also counters the idea that was put froward in the last 10 years that in war time one doesn't criticize the sitting president. They did in Nazi Germany!


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