The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
The Fabulous Baron Munchausen • 1h 25m
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.
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