The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

Directed by Karel Zeman • 1962 • Czechoslovakia
Starring Milos Kopecký, Rudolf Jelínek

In THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN, Karel Zeman conjures the adventures of the legendary, boastful baron, whose whirlwind exploits take him from the moon to eighteenth-century Turkey to the belly of a whale and beyond. A kaleidoscopic marvel that blends live action with techniques including stop-motion, cutout collage, puppetry, painted backdrops, and antique tinting, Zeman’s film is an exhilarating visual delight and a warmhearted whirl through a bygone age too entrancing to have existed.

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
  • The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

    Directed by Karel Zeman • 1962 • Czechoslovakia
    Starring Milos Kopecký, Rudolf Jelínek

    In THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN, Karel Zeman conjures the adventures of the legendary, boastful baron, whose whirlwind exploits take him from the moon to eighteenth-century Turkey to the belly of a whale and ...

Extras

  • Film Adventurer Karel Zeman

    This 2015 documentary about the life and work of Karel Zeman features archival footage of the director himself, along with contemporary interviews with filmmakers Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, and Koji Yamamura; artist Ludmila Zeman; and others.

  • The Birth of a Film Legend

    In this program, director Karel Zeman; his daughter, artist and animator Ludmila Zemanová; and producer Karel Hutěčka discuss Zeman’s influences and self-education in the craft of animation.

  • Why Zeman Made the Film

    The short documentary features director Karel Zeman; actor Miloš Kopecký; and Zeman’s daughter, artist and animator Ludmila Zemanová, recalling the inspiration for and making of THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN.

  • The Cast

    In the following program, actor Miloš Kopecký and artist and animator Ludmila Zemanová discuss how director Karel Zeman worked with performers and directed them during complex photographic effects sequences.

  • Special Effects Techniques

    Produced by the Karel Zeman Museum in 2016, this short documentary focuses on Zeman's special effects work.

  • Karel Zeman, the Legend Continues

    This short program with producer Karel Hutěčka and artist and animator Ludmila Zemanová details their thoughts about the impact of director Karel Zeman on the craft of animation and their own lives.

  • Karel Zeman and the World

    The cinematic impact and influence of director Karel Zeman are detailed in this short program via interviews with filmmakers Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam and animator Koji Yamamura.

  • Restoration Demonstration

    Produced by the Karel Zeman Museum in 2016, this short documentary explores the restoration of THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN.

  • Karel Zeman Museum Promo

  • Film Adventurer Karel Zeman Trailer