The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen

1989, Movie, PG, 126 mins

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Director Terry Gilliam's THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN adapts the tall tales and fables associated with the real-life Karl Friedrich Hieronymous von Munchhausen (1720-97), a German soldier and nobleman. The film begins in a walled city whose denizens suffer under a siege by the army of the Ottoman Empire, and under the government of their evil leader Horatio Jackson (Jonathan Pryce). Within the town, a theater troupe is staging a rendition of the Munchausen saga when an aged man in the audience (John Neville) announces that he's the real Baron, and that only he can save them from the siege. He then departs in a makeshift balloon to round up his former cohorts, the superhumanly gifted aides who will help him in his struggle. The narrative is highly episodic and only intermittently engaging, but Gilliam's wildly inventive mise en scene, ably assisted by production designer Dante Ferretti, is extraordinary. leave a comment

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