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First rate film, strangely melancholic atmosphere.,
This review is from: Munchhausen  [DVD] (DVD)
I have had the DVD of Munchhausen since 2003 and must have watched it 50 times.
The film was released in 1943, and was financed by Goebbels no less. The connection with the Nazis ends there - this is an accomplished re-telling of the Munchhhausen tale, even now.
This particular version was digitally remastered in Australia. The original Agfa colour process, if you don't know about these things, gave pastel colours, so the colouring is not quite what you might expect from a colour film, things look more like a childrens fairy tale book at times. The sound is excellent.
I won't bore you with the plot. Suffice to say it's a re-working of the well known liar Barons outrageous exaggerations using 1942/3 special effects which it has to be said, are very clever, and done with great intelligence.
The music score throughout is similarly truly excellent, and a real asset to the film without doubt.
There is a curious air of melancholy present throughout the film as others have mentioned. Although the Baron himself reaches this condition late in the film as he realises he wishes to renounce the gift of eternal life bestowed on him by the sinister Cagliostro, the feeling is present almost throughout. I'll leave you to your own conclusions. No doubt Nazi Germany figures pretty highly in the analysis...
Munchhausen is a film that stands apart. Witty, technically very clever, musically superb, wordly, imaginative, excellent acting and characterisation, but ultimately rather sad. But always entertaining and highly memorable.
Footnote: Cagliostro, the aforementioned magician in Munchhuasen is played by Ferdinand Marian who was the central character in another film made at the behest of Goebbels, the infamous antisemitic 'Jew Suss'(1940).
Munchhausen is well worth the 4 quid.