The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1988)

TERRY GILLIAM

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

United Kingdom/West Germany, 1988.  , , .  Screenplay by , Terry Gilliam, based on the novel by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Film Editing by .  

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 Uma Thurman 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. Robin Williams appears as the King of the Moon, while a delightful Valentina Cortese 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.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Makeup; Best Visual Effects; Best Art Direction; Best Costume Design

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