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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Directed by Terry Gilliam • 1988 • United Kingdom
Starring John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley
Terry Gilliam’s lavish fantasy bursts with wit, invention, and eye-popping imagery as it brings to life the fantastical exploits of the eponymous eighteenth-century German adventurer (John Neville) whose journeys take him from the belly of a sea monster to the moon and beyond. A notorious box-office failure in its day, THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN can now be appreciated as one of the most audacious examples of auteurist vision run riot ever to be bankrolled by a Hollywood studio as well as for its astounding special effects, achieved without the assistance of CGI. Look out for Robin Williams in an uncredited cameo as the King of the Moon.