Monday, 30 April 2012

Baron Prášil

Stills from Baron Prášil, aka The Fabulous Baron Munchausen, Karel Zeman's part animated, part live action film from 1961. It's one of five Jules Verne-inspired features Zeman made between 1955 and 1970. The largely handmade sets, partly based on the engravings of Gustave Doré, are wonderfully inventive and detailed, and Zeman's adaptation of the tale was a major influence on Terry Gilliam's 1988 version. This is the first of Zeman's films I've got round to watching, but there are lots of clips on YouTube including excerpts from Munchausen.

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