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
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 36,350

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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