Rare screening of the 4K restoration of Karel Zeman’s imaginative masterwork. Tickets are £5 on the door. It’s very much a kid friendly film and it will be disappointing to not to have a few kids there. Kids get in free with a paying guardian.
Often described as the ‘Czech Méliès’, visionary filmmaker Karel Zeman is treasured by generations of filmmakers worldwide, from Jan Švankmajer to Tim Burton, the Quay Brothers to Terry Gilliam, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Wes Anderson. His ground-breaking innovations in the use of live-action and animation mark him as one of the great masters of 20th Century fantasy cinema, ranking alongside his more celebrated Western counterparts Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen. The Fabulous Baron Munchausen is perhaps Zeman’s most beloved achievement.
Zeman’s wildly inventive and comic take on the surreal adventures of the bragging Baron explodes on to the screen in a riot of colour, visual wit and poetic verve. A celebration of human imagination, The Fabulous Baron Munchausen has become widely recognised as a classic – a timeless work that continues to astonish.
“Why do I make movies? I’m looking for terra incognita, a land on which no filmmaker has yet set foot, a planet where no director has planted his flag of conquest, a world that exists only in fairy tales” Karel Zeman
“He did what I’m still trying to do, which is to try and combine live action with animation. His Doré-esque backgrounds were wonderful. The film captured the real spirit of the character” Terry Gilliam
“Zeman’s films are unique glimpses into forgotten worlds of myth, invention and exploration propecia 1mg prix. One almost needs a telescope to view them” Peter Strickland
“Karel Zeman and Ray Harryhausen were the two big inspirations for me… what Zeman did was amazing”
“Of all the takes on the oft-filmed debonair teller of outlandish heroic tales […} Karel Zeman’s remains the most novel, formally and narratively. With its imagery tinted like Victorian postcards and with colour applied with Expressionistic gusto, it’s surely the most beautiful, too, as it melds live-action with cut-out and other forms of animation, rhyming all awhile with a dreamlike Zdeněk Liška score”
Cerise Howard, Senses of Cinema
“This immensely stylized, transfixingly beautiful mix of animation and live-action from the ‘Czech Méliès’. A colourful, mind expanding masterpiece” Blue Sunshine
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