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Münchhausen (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen) (1943)

Münchhausen (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen) (1943)





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Commissioned to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the German film studio UFA, this lavish adventure follows the exploits of Baron Muenchhausen. Mirroring the political climate of the Third Reich, the Baron here is presented as a superior, heroic German during his international romantic adventures.


Hans Albers
as Baron Münchhausen
Andrews Engelmann
as Fürst Potemkin
Brigitte Horney
as Zarin Katharina II.
Ferdinand Marian
as Graf Cagliostro
Michael Bohnen
as Prince Karl of Brunswick
Gustav Waldau
as Giacomo Casanova
Hermann Speelmanns
as Christian Kuchenreutter
Hilde Von Stolz
as Louise la Tour
Hubert von Meyerinck
as Prinz von Braunschweig
Ilse Werner
as Prinzessin Isabella
Käthe Haack
as Baronin Münchhausen
Leo Slezak
as Sultan Abd-ul-Hamid
Marianne Simson
as Frau im Mond
Marina von Ditmar
as Sophie von Riedesel
Wilhelm Bendow
as Der Mondmann
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I totally understand why Terry Gilliam saw this movie and said, I totally have to remake this in English!!!!

David Crees
David Crees

Commissioned in 1942 by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels and with a script written by banned author Erich Kastner, the last thing you'd expect from Munchhausen is a charming little escapist fantasy, and yet that's exactly what you get. Baron Hieronymus Von Munchhausen flits across Europe, seducing Catherine the Great and engaging in duels with irate noblemen before a magician gives him a ring which will turn him invisible for one hour, and also grants him one wish. Munchhausen wishes to remain the "age I am now, for as long as I wish to be", and thus is granted immortality. His companions also have extraordinary powers: one has built a musket which can hit a target one hundred miles away, while the other can run hundreds of miles in an hour, without even getting winded. Munchhausen is captured by the Ottomans when the cannonball he's riding crashes into the palace. They escape by hot air balloon and travel to the moon, where they meet a race of humans who can detach their heads from their bodies. Somehow Munchhausen makes Terry Gilliam's re-make, "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" seem sensible. It's an absurdist fantasy that's almost like an acid trip without the acid. Technically, the sets, the costumes, even the color technique used (agfacolor) are some of the best of any time period, and there is an interesting combination of mischief and poetry to the Baron's character, thanks to a great scrip. Surprisingly, there's quite a bit of nudity in this film (at least it seems like alot for 1943), and the Baron isn't shy in his seductions of the ladies. Munchhausen is quite an interesting piece of history, from many angles, and something I'd recommend to any fans of Gilliam's film.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

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