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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

Director Terry Gilliam saw this film at the British Film Institute (BFI) and was inspired to re-make it his next big production, the problem-plagued The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). 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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Aesthetically beautiful throwback teeming with nostalgia, but not much else
28 March 2019 | by charliek42See all my reviews

This film is beautiful. The combination of live action and animation is very reminiscent of silent films like A Trip to the Moon and has much of the same humor and general mannerisms. The Outrageous Baron Munchausen was made to be a fantasy, not any sort of realistic depiction, so the animation despite being very cartoonish has aged pretty well. The style is clearly very influential on the cartoon portions of Monty Python, particularly in the Holy Grail. The whole thing has a nostalgic story book feel, it looks like a fantastical picture book one would read as a child. The color palette is a bit boring though and does take a little bit away from the visuals. While it is clear that this film has influenced artists such as Wes Anderson in an aesthetic sense, it falls pretty short in other realms. The dialogue is not very well written and lacks any real flair or poetics, often just surface level musings. Even worse is the story and characters. The plot of the film seems to merely be a framing device through which to display the beautiful art found in the film, with portions of it making very little sense and lacking any real dramatic weight. The characters are flat and not very likable, making it even harder to get drawn in to the weak story. This film succeeds despite these shortcomings because of it's one of a kind animation and imaginative imagery.


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