Hans Albers
Director: Josef von Baky Cast: Hans Albers
Hans Albers
, Brigitte Horney
Brigitte Horney
, Wilhelm Bendow
Wilhelm Bendow
Josef von Baky

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This 1943 film, produced at the UFA studios in West Germany, was refurbished by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau Foundation to mark the 50th anniversary of that studio. The Nazi director of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, wanted a big internationally acceptable production to celebrate the studio's 25th anniversary, and the Münchausen story was chosen. It was thought suitable for Germans of the time, because of the ridiculous light in which it shows other nationalities. Baron von Münchausen (1720-97) was an eccentric figure in European history, whose tall tales about his adventures rival anything to be found in the legends of Paul Bunyan, or of the classical figure of Odysseus; they are similar in tone to the stories in Gulliver's Travels. The Baron's tales have been favored reading by the young-at-heart for centuries. This film recounts some of the episodes from the Baron's "autobiographical" stories, which are set in the world of the eighteenth century. In the story, the Baron's 1940s descendant narrates some of the Baron's famous tales; it gradually becomes clear that the original Baron attained immortality, and that his modern descendant is actually the original Baron. The American-born director Terry Gilliam made another film based on these tales in 1988, also titled The Adventures of Baron Münchausen.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/18/2020
UPC: 0738329243340
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 34,639

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan; Theatrical trailer; Documentary on the production and restoration; 1944 animated short by Hans Held; Samples of Agfacolor restoration

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hans Albers Baron Munchhausen
Brigitte Horney Catherine II the Great
Wilhelm Bendow The Man in the Moon
Michael Bohnen Prince Karl of Brunswick
Hans Brausewetter Frederick von Hartenfeld
Hermann Speelmans Christian Kuchenreutter
Ilse Werner Princess Isabella d'Este
Kaethe Haack Baroness Munchhausen
Ferdinand Marian Count Cagliostro
Marina VonDitmar Actor
Gustav Waldau Caanova
Leo Slezak Sultan Abd-ul-Hamid

Technical Credits
Josef von Baky Director
Georg Haentzschel Score Composer
Emile Hasler Art Director
Konstantin Irmen-Tschet Cinematographer,Special Effects
Erich Kaestner Screenwriter
Werner Krien Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Münchhausen
1. Chapter 1 [9:21]
2. Chapter 2 [12:37]
3. Chapter 3 [8:45]
4. Chapter 4 [9:57]
5. Chapter 5 [10:16]
6. Chapter 6 [5:51]
7. Chapter 7 [20:52]
8. Chapter 8 [14:18]
9. Chapter 9 [11:23]
10. Chapter 10 [13:33]

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Münchhausen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Hugo-Z-Hackenbush More than 1 year ago
Without even considering the circumstances of this films creation, it is stunning. When you consider that it was made in 1942 Nazi Germany, commissioned by Goebels, and yet some how avoids any hint of politics, then you can declare the film is also miraculous. Munchausen has fantastic sets, costumes, and a great score. Hans Alber as the title character is terrific, as are the supporting players. This truelly is a movie for all ages, with just some very tasteful, brief nudity in a Harem scene. Escapism at its finest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twenty years ago, a vhs edition of this film appeared in the U.S., but this new dvd is superior in every way!A pristine negative has been discovered since then, and some scenes look like they were filmed yesterday.And there are key scenes here that were missing from the previous release.This also has one of my favorite film scores.The animation and the clips from other early German color films[with recently deceased Nazi/Adenauer+beyond diva Marika Rokk]are jaw-droppingly clear.I think the trailer is the 1978 reissue one, not the original.Find out what nostalgia, German style is.Now how about 'Die Feuerzangenbowle' with Heinz Ruhmann'?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago