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The Outrageous 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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Trivia

At the Karel Zeman Museum in Prague, Czech Republic, there you can see how the FX were created and see some of the props used in this movie. See more »

Quotes

Baron Munchausen: This how I shall address the Sultan.
[The Baron then speaks in a series of musical tones]
Joey: Melodious, but unintelligible.
Baron Munchausen: The language of diplomacy!
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One of the all-time greatest fantasy films ever made!
16 November 2002 | by DejaelSee all my reviews

Live action with stop-motion and puppet animation. A modern astronaut meets Baron Munchausen on the Moon after landing his spacecraft there. The entire film has a quaint, charming 19th-Century look, mood and feel, thanks to the Baron himself narrating the picture, and some of the most imaginative production design, special visual effects and movie sets ever put on celluloid. Like his previous film, The FABULOUS WORLD OF JULES VERNE (AN INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION), Zeman uses 19th-Century woodcut engravings modeled after those of Gustav Dore as his guides for most of the intricately-fashioned backdrops in this marvelous movie. Highly imaginative in every way possible, this film is like a turn-of-the-century Georges Melies nickelodeon reel in appearance, but has a mysterious, mystical, dreamlike quality which makes this look like a lurid, delightful dream. Often hilarious, it is full of humor, wit and charm. Zeman is clearly a master in control of his medium. One of his best films ever. Another film I would love to have on Video that is still inexplicably unavailable in America.


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