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Munchhaüsen DVD
Munchhaüsen

Munchhaüsen

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In early 1943, just as Nazi Germany began its collapse with the surrender at Stalingrad, the famed Ufa Studios released an elaborate super-spectacle to celebrate the company's 25th anniversary. Produced at the enormous cost of 6.5 million Reichsmarks, andfilmed in Agfacolor, MÃýNCHHAUSEN was the bizarre Nazi response to such extravaganzas as Britain's The Thief of Bagdad and Hollywood's The Wizard of Oz, both of which were jealously admired by Propaganda Minister Goebbels. Starring Hans Albers,pnotic, blond superstar (who kept a Jewish lover safely in London), and a bevy of female stars, the film was meant to divert a German public, and those in occupied Europe, then experiencing aerial bombardment as well as extensive military casualties. Thislavish, impudent, adult fairy tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting, and a rich color palette, supervised by cameraman Konstantin Irmen-Tschet, who had worked for Fritz Lang in earlier Ufa films. Escaping the grim reality of the time with the illusion of luxury and pure fantasy (and a lovely score by Georg Haentzschel), MÃýNCHHAUSEN daringly glorifies a bragd liar, and was scripted by the banned Jewish author Erich Kustner under a pseudonym. The Nazi censors deemed the film 'artistically' but not 'politically' valuable; perhaps the sight of a man-hungry Catherine the Great (Brigitte Horney), topless harem girls, and a vacation-pretty Venetian Grand Canal in glorious color were thought a bit rich for audiences under grim wartime restrictions.
Title: Munchhaüsen
Genre: Action / Adventure, Foreign-German
Starring: Hans Albers, Brigitte Horney, Wilhelm Bendow, Michael Bohnen, Hans Brausewetter, Marina Von Ditmar, Andrew Engelmann, Herman Speelmanns, Walter Lieck
Director: Josef von Baky
Studio: Kino Lorber
Release Date: 7/20/2004
Original Year: 1943
Product Type: DVD
Rated: UNR
UPC: 738329031428
Item #: KOV031428

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