The Fabulous Baron Münchausen
James Mockoski is a film archivist at American Zoetrope, where he has supervised the restorations of classic films including Apocalypse Now and The Conversation; as an independent consultant, he oversaw the restoration of The Fabulous Baron Münchausen.
Miloš Kopecký, Jana Brejchová, Jan Werich, Rudolf Jelínek,
The whimsical Baron Münchausen mistakes a modern-day astronaut for a lost moon man and leads him on a series of miraculous adventures, riding on seahorses, battling the sultan’s armies, and romancing the beautiful Princess Bianca. This lovely, humorous version of a classic tale is like a nineteenth-century magic lantern show brought to glittering life. Master Czech animator Zeman combined cartoon and stop-motion animation, puppetry, matte paintings, and live action, creating a fantastic mechanical clockwork that anticipated the work of later animator/directors such as Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton.
(Le voyage à travers l’impossible)
Georges Méliès, France, 1904
Méliès, cinema’s first magician, partly adapted an 1882 fantasy/science fiction play by Jules Verne for this satire on a scientific exploration into the sun’s interior.