DVD The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
In 1961, Karel Zeman made the finest film adaptation of the outlandish tales of Baron Munchausen, made famous in the 1786 book by Gottfried August Bürger. The incredible adventures of the bragging Baron come to life in a film celebrating the courage and imagination of dreamers and poets.
Zeman took inspiration from the engravings in the 1862 edition, the work one of the greatest illustrators of the 19th century, Gustav Doré. The director achieved a visually captivating style by color-tinting the original black and white footage. In the movie, Munchausen's humorous narrative contrasts with the romantic tale of a modern fantasist Tony, who becomes the good Baron's rival in love. In addition to Milos Kopecky in the title role the filmfeatures the czech acting élite of the day.
The film won many international awards, including in Cannes and Locarno. The American director and member of the Monty Python's Terry Gilliam admits that his film “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” (1988) was primarily inspired by the Zeman version.
Technical specification of DVD
Subtitles: Czech, English
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD-9, 16:9, region ALL, PAL
Length: 83 minutes