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The Very Same Munchhausen (1979)

Tot samyy Myunkhgauzen (original title)
A man with imagination opposes a society without it. Society forces him to betray his freedom-loving spirit, but imagination is immortal.


Mark Zakharov


Grigori Gorin, Rudolph Erich Raspe (stories)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Baron Munchhausen
Inna Churikova ... Jakobina Munchhausen
Elena Koreneva ... Marta
Igor Kvasha ... Burgomister
Aleksandr Abdulov ... Ramkopf
Leonid Yarmolnik ... Theophil Munchhausen
Yuriy Katin-Yartsev ... Thomas
Vladimir Dolinskiy ... Pastor
Leonid Bronevoy ... Hertzog
Semyon Farada ... Commander-in-Chief
Vsevolod Larionov ... Judge
Arsen Amaspyuryants ... (as A. Amaslyuryants)
A. Myulstedt A. Myulstedt
G. Oshkolup G. Oshkolup
Nina Palladina ... (as N. Palladina)


A philosophical and poetic portrait of the famous (or maybe infamous?) Baron Munchhausen. His crazy, yet very merriment, stories, views and behavior is what sets him apart from others. He becomes alienated from the society that failed to grasp his brilliance. In fact, his brilliance is what underlines the faults with the society itself. It's a beautiful yet tragic story that is filled with dense and intellectual dialogue. Written by DrStrangelife

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


Did You Know?


Baron Munchhausen: Smart-looking face is not a sign of intellect. All the dumb things in the world are done with that facial expression. Smile, gentlemen, smile.
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Referenced in Inadequate People (2010) See more »

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a brilliant piece of cinema
5 January 2004 | by rouzannaSee all my reviews

Most of the time it would be difficult for one to describe one's favourite piece of anything: favourite movie, book, composer or even dish. It is normally the same for me, however, when it comes to movies I always answer "Tot samiy Munchgausen" is my all time favourite. You could hardly find another movie full of such an amazing combination of perfectly matched ingredients, ie. humour, romantics, superb screenplay, incredible cast with the best Russian actors involved and, of course, the best (in my opinion) Russian director Mark Zakharov who brought these all to be a masterpiece. The movie makes you laugh and think all at the same time. Every word, phrase and scene are full of such deep meaning that makes you watch this movie over and over again. I don't know if the movie was ever translated into English, or French, but I would so much like all people could see this. This one just gets 10 of 10.

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Release Date:

1979 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

That Munchhausen See more »

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Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia See more »

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