The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen

BB.5

(out of 5)


The visual splendour of this gargantuan movie can be the only reason that anyone would want to put themselves through it; other than the sumptuous costumes by Gabriella Pescucci and mesmerizing sets by Dante Ferretti, the whole ordeal is a tedious mess.   plays the famed nobleman of Teutonic myth who travels from the earth to the moon on his adventures, saving beautiful women and rescuing Turkish cities from destruction.   plays a little girl who wanders the universe with him, while  has one of the film’s loveliest sequences as a Venus de Milo who pops up from a clam shell and falls directly into Munchausen’s arms.  appears as the King of the Moon, while a delightful  plays his imprisoned, disembodied wife. Featuring splendid visual and makeup effects, the film has some fun times but all in all is too heavy-handed.


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United Kingdom/West Germany, 1988

Directed by

Screenplay by , Terry Gilliam, based on the novel by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Award Nominations
Best Art Direction (art direction: Dante Ferretti; set decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo)
Best Costume Design (Gabriella Pescucci)
Best Makeup (Maggie Weston, Fabrizio Sforza)
Best Visual Effects (Richard Conway, Kent Houston)

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