The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Friday, November 19, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Dir. Terry Gilliam. 1989, 126 mins. 35mm. With John Neville, Sarah Polley, Eric Idle, Jack Purvis, Valentina Cortese, Uma Thurman, Oliver Reed. Gilliam’s follow-up to the critical triumph of Brazil is a work of nonstop visual invention, a dazzling fantasy based on the mythical 18th-century figure of a German nobleman who fought against the Ottoman army. Triumphant, Oscar-nominated visual effects, sets, and costumes take center stage, yet just as crucial are the delightful performances by Neville as the tall-tale-telling Baron and young Polley as the stowaway who accompanies him to the moon, into the belly of a whale, and to the center of a volcano. Rocket-paced and engaging from first frame to last, Gilliam’s family-friendly fantasy is a wonder of practical design indebted to the work of early cinema wizard George Méliès.