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The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (20th Anniversary Edition) [1988]


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Amazon.co.uk review

Monty Python's Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil) directs this wild and wonderful version of the stories of Baron Munchausen, pushing the limits of 1989 special effects technology to bring us such sights as a horse divided in half and running around in two parts, and a giant Robin Williams with his head flying off his shoulders. Basically, this is a treat for Gilliam fans, as the sustaining idea of the film runs out of steam, and manic energy alone keeps the momentum going. Casual viewers might find it tedious after a while. There are nice parts for fellow Python Eric Idle, as well as Sting, Alison Steadman and Uma Thurman as a dazzlingly beautiful Venus on a half-shell. Gilliam had greater artistic and commercial success with Brazil, The Fisher King, and 12 Monkeys. --Tom Keogh

In Time Bandits, director Terry Gilliam told a fantastical story filled with heroes and villains as seen through the eyes of a small boy. In Brazil, he focused on a fantasy world created by a young man trapped in a totalitarian state. With The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Gilliam tells the legend of an old man who has lived a fairy-tale life. In the late 18th century, the Age of Reason has no room for fantasy. In a town besieged by murderous enemies, a travelling company is putting on a stage show about the apocryphal Baron Munchausen, who, with his motley crew of servants, supposedly circled the globe and the universe, following each bizarre adventure with one even more strange and ludicrous. But then a man appears at the theatre claiming to be the real Baron, and to prove it, he goes off on one final journey to save the town, chased all the way by the winged spectre of death.
Gilliam never met an epic spectacle he didn't like. Munchausen is loaded with brilliant set pieces, including spinning heads on the moon and a giant Botticelli clamshell in the bottom of a hellish volcano. Gilliam has assembled a stellar cast, including John Neville as the Baron, Oliver Reed as Vulcan, Jonathan Pryce (Brazil), Jack Purvis (Wally in Time Bandits), Robin Williams (credited as Ray D. Tutto), Eric Idle (who contributes 'The Torturer's Apprentice' with Michael Kamen to the soundtrack), Charles McKeown (Life of Brian), a cameo by Sting, and early appearances by Sarah Polley (as young Sally Salt) and Uma Thurman. Gilliam's special effects bonanza is a modern retelling of The Wizard of Oz, a fabulous adventure filled with daring feats, preposterous nonsense, danger galore and the overall belief that a world without fantasy is a sad world indeed.

Rok vydania: 2008 Rozmer: neuvedený