Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen -- A Tribute to John Neville (1925-2011)

A tribute to the great Shakespearean actor John Neville, who died this week, and the magical  Terry Gilliam film, The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen, which stars John Neville, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Winston Dennis, Jack Purvis, a very young Sarah Polley, a teenage Uma Thurman, Oliver Reed, Robin Williams, Valentina Cortese, Sting, and a universe of all-star talent.

John Neville as Richard II
photo by Angus McBean, via Hurok Attractions

The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen is the fantastic fable of an 18th century German aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks. Their thrilling adventures include a trip in the gullet of a a giant sea-monster, a voyage to the moon, a dance with Venus who arrives on a half shell and an escape from death himself .A marvelous, under-appreciated film.

Featuring music from the Michael Kamen score: The Munchausen Waltz.

Thanks to   for the poignant youtube tribute.

More at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/theater/john-neville-shakespearean-actor-dies-at-86.html?hpw


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