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The Outrageous Baron Munchausen

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

The Outrageous Baron Munchausen (Baron Prásil)

Unclassified All Ages

16 Sep

Inspired by Gustave Doré’s engravings in the 1862 edition of Gottfried August Bürger’s book about the fictional German nobleman, Karel Zeman’s peerless adaptation is a witty and beautiful succession of colour-tinted marvels of trick photography, perfectly aligned to the grand whimsy of the famed Baron’s (Miloš Kopecký) quicksilver flights of fancy.

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  • Zdeněk Liška’s score ranks amongst his greatest.

    Screens with Zeman’s Inspiration (11 mins, Czechoslovakia, 1949, National Film Archive in Prague) in which a frustrated fantasist (played by Zeman himself) looks out through a rainy window, triggering a reverie featuring exquisite glass figurine animation. Inspiration is also scored by Zdeněk Liška.