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Published on Jul 10, 2016
Czechoslovakia, 1961, 83 min Director: Karel Zeman Screenplay: Karel Zeman, Josef Kainar (based on the book by Gottfried August Bürger) Camera: Jiří Tarantík Music: Zdeněk Liška Starring: Miloš Kopecký, Jana Brejchová, Rudolf Jelínek, Karel Höger, Jan Werich, Rudolf Hrušínský, Eduard Kohout and others
In this unique treatment of the famous book by Gottfried August Bürger, Zeman was inspired by engravings used in the original edition from the hand of one of the most important illustrators of the 19th century, Gustave Doré. Filming the action in black and white, the director then used heavy tinting and different colors as symbols of the changing moods and surprising plot twists of the story. This fantastical adventure - interspersed with unique effects and funny gags - won many international prizes, among other festivals in Cannes and Locarno. The American director Terry Gilliam – member of the legendary Monty Pythons - revealed that Zeman's film was the initial inspiration for his own version of the famous story. In Zeman's playful parable, a smug Baron Munchausen recounts his tales, intertwined with the love story of a modern adventurer (and astronaut!), Tony, who becomes the Baron's rival in love. The title role is played by Miloš Kopecký, Tony the astronaut by Rudolf Jelínek and the capricious princess Bianka by the contemporary movie star Jana Brejchová. A number of other Czech acting legends (including Jan Werich and Rudolf Hrušínský) play cameo roles in the film.
The digital restoration of the film The Fabuous Baron Munchausen is a part of the project Restoring The World of Fantasy. Restoring The World of Fantasy is a joint project of the Karel Zeman Museum, The Czech Film Foundation and Czech Television in collaboration with UPP with support of Ministry of Culture Czech Republic and State Cinematography Fund.
Support the restoration of Zeman’s films and contribute to the account 107-5652650247/0100 IBAN: CZ6401000001075652650247 SWIFT (BIC) KOMBCZPPXXX
More on www.theczechfilmfoundation.com and www.karelzemanmuseum.org.