Karel Zeman

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

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.

Film Info

  • Karel Zeman
  • Czechoslovakia
  • 1962
  • 83 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • Czech
  • Spine #1017

Available In

Collector's Set

Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman

Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman

Blu-Ray Box Set

3 Discs

$79.96

Collector's Set

Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman

Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
Cast
Miloš Kopecký
Baron Munchausen
Jana Brejchová
Princess Bianca
Rudolf Jelínek
Toník
Karel Höger
Cyrano de Bergerac
Jan Werich
Captain
Rudolf Hrušínský
Sultan
Credits
Director
Karel Zeman
Screenplay
Karel Zeman
Based on the works of
Gottfried August
Based on the works of
Gustave Doré
Cinematographer
Jiří Tarantík
Music
Zdeněk Liška
Editor
Věra Kutilová
Production designer
Karel Zeman
Costume designer
Ludmila Novotná
Costume designer
Miloslava Šmídová

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