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The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1962)

Baron Prásil (original title)
The outrageous Baron Munchausen tells of his many adventures, from meeting the Man in the Moon to defeating a Turkish army all by himself.

Director:

Karel Zeman

Writers:

Jirí Brdecka (dialogue), Gottfried August Bürger (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Milos Kopecký ... Baron Munchausen
Rudolf Jelínek ... Tonik
Jana Brejchová ... Princess Bianca
Karel Höger ... Cyrano
Eduard Kohout ... General Ellemerle
Jan Werich ... Ship's Captain
Bohus Záhorský ... Admiral
Rudolf Hrusínský ... The Sultan
Miroslav Holub ... Enemy General
Frantisek Slégr Frantisek Slégr ... Pirate Captain
Karel Effa ... Adjutant
Josef Hlinomaz ... Spanish General
Zdenek Hodr ... Nicole
Richard Záhorský ... Barbicain
Otto Simánek ... Ardan
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Storyline

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 KrátkýFilm

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

21 September 1962 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Original Fabulous Adventures of Baron Munchausen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #1017. See more »

Quotes

Cyrano D'Bergarac: I cast my hat out into the universe, let it greet those who are on thier way from earth. From this day forward, the moon is no longer a dream....
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27 August 2000 | by fowler1See all my reviews

Zeman's magnum opus is every bit as compelling and otherworldly as the legends indicate. In fact, as I also have FABULOUS WORLD OF JULES VERNE & ON THE COMET on tape, take my word for it: PRASIL/MUNCHAUSEN is the Zeman to see if your only seeing one. Given those hallucinatory Gustav Dore-meets- Arthur Rackham visuals, the wildly disjointed narrative and from-hunger post-synched soundtrack actually ADD to the out-of-body experience that is this film. It's like stumbling into somebody else's fever dream. While Zeman's other films generally succumb to a deadly torpor around halfway through, this one is just so jampacked with surreal oddities and unforgettable bizarro setpieces that you're in flabbergasted joy right through to the end. Terry Gilliam (a major Zeman fan) attempted a lavish remake that missed the whole point of this film's one-of-a-kind quality: the sense throughout that this is a handcrafted film, an artisan's project free of studio meddling, brand name stars or big budget elephantiasis. PRASIL's amateurism is its crowning glory. Essential viewing...at least once.


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