Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
U.S. premiere! New digital restoration! Ludmila Zeman and Linda Spaleny in person!

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

Baron Prášil

1962, Karel Zeman, Czech Republic, 83 min. With Miloš Kopecký, Rudolf Jelínek.

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 4th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Mar 5th 5:15pm

Engravings by Gustave Doré and the films of Georges Méliès are only a few of the visual inspirations referenced by Zeman’s wildly fantastical animated treatment of the book by Gottfried August Bürger. The foppish dandy Baron Munchausen lands on the moon to discover that he is not the only extraterrestrial explorer. Mistaking fellow earthling Tony for a moon-man, he endeavors to introduce the stranger to earth, traveling in a spaceship powered by winged horses. The two land in 18th-century Turkey and become rivals for the Princess Bianca, prisoner of the sultan. Zeman’s film later served as inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s 1988 Munchausen adaptation. This U.S. premiere of the new digital restoration of Czech master animator Karel Zeman’s brilliant family-friendly tale features post-film discussion by Ludmila Zeman and Linda Spaleny, who undertook the restoration in cooperation with Prague’s Karel Zeman Museum. In Czech with English subtitles. Courtesy of the Karel Zeman Museum. DCP digital. (BS)

MARCH 4 & 5: Ludmila Zeman and Linda Spaleny, who spearheaded the restoration of the film, will be present for audience discussion at both screenings. On Saturday, a reception starting at 7PM will be hosted by the Prague Committee of the Sister Cities.

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