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The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
Directed by Karel Zeman • 1962 • Czechoslovakia
Starring Milos Kopecký, Rudolf Jelínek
This kaleidoscopic marvel from the Czech visionary Karel Zeman combines live action with dazzlingly stylized animation to conjure the adventures of the legendary, boastful Baron Munchausen, whose fantastical exploits take him from the moon to eighteenth-century Turkey to the belly of a whale and beyond. A cinematic whirligig of stop-motion whimsy, cut-out collage, puppetry, painted backdrops, and antique tinting techniques, THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN is an exhilarating visual delight from a filmmaker whose work has influenced generations of animators and fantasists, including Jan Švankmajer, Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, and Wes Anderson.