Baron Prásil (1962)
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Definite proof that Karel Zeman was an influence on Terry Gilliam is that they both made a Baron Munchausen movie! The Fabulous Baron Munchausen uses similar techniques as Invention for Destruction, though the coloring and style of humor (this is his funniest feature) make it seem like an early silent film (and one of the great ones at that). To get us into Munchausen's fantastical world, Zeman first lands a man on the moon in 1962 and has him meet various lunar visitors from literature. And then he becomes the Baron's companion (and sometime romantic rival) through the rest of the film. It's a wonderful little conceit that ties the stories to the present day. The Baron, as ever, an outrageous figure, a tall tale in human form, and Zeman's style is perfect for it. Though I like the look of Invention better, Munchausen is more inventive, intricate and original (also, naughtier) and love the note on which it ends. So much imagination on show.
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