The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Baron, upset with his servants unwillingness to fight, gives himself up to turk. However, he makes sure he motivates them first. Right before he is executed, Adolphus fires his musket and breaking the executioners blade, preventing the execution. This starts a fantasic battle where the Baron and his servants go back into form, defeating the turk, and saving thr town with their fantastic powers. During the victory parade the evil elected public servant assinates the Baron. The town mourns as the Baron is lowered into the ground. We come back to the original scene, the play, where the Baron finishes his tale by mentioning that was one of the only one of the many times he has met his death, something he does not recommend. However, with the help of his remarkable servants, he was able to defeat the Turk, and save the town and everyonelived happily ever after. The elected public servant appears with troops and demands the arrest of the Baron, who declares for the townspeople to open the gate, and prove he his tale is true. After a minor non violent revolution, they over power the troops, who were commanded to fire on anyone who does not follow the public servants orders, and they open the gates revealing a defeated Turk army. They celebrate at the unbelievable turn of events. Sally has the epiphany that it was not just a story. The Baron rides off into the sunset, salutes the town, and disappears.

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Baron Munchausen: Gentlemen! Don't you think it would be a good idea to silence those enemy cannons?
Gunner: No, sir.
Baron Munchausen: No?
Gunner: It's Wednesday.

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Trivia: This film was actually the third installment in director Terry Gilliam's "Trilogy of Imagination," all dealing with fantasy escapism at different ages in life. The first film of the trilogy was 1981's "Time Bandits," a surreal fantasy seen through the eyes of a child; the second film was 1985's "Brazil," another surreal fantasy seen through the eyes of a middle-aged man; 1988's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" was yet another surreal fantasy seen through the eyes of an elderly gentleman.

Charles Austin Miller

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Question: When Baron Munchausen and his cohorts clean out the Sultan's vault, the Sultan's horrified Treasurer crosses himself in the Catholic fashion. But, in this film, the Sultan is head of the Ottoman Empire (a Muslim empire), and the closest members of his court (such as his Treasurer) would surely be Muslim. So the treasurer's Christian gesture stands out as unlikely, at best. This seems to be a character error, but was it intended as a deliberate joke? If so, what was the joke?

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: The Baron is a teller of tall tales and massively exaggerated stories, so it is all from his limited point of view. The Ottomans did have Christian members of staff, especially doctors and such but the treasurer would never be a non-Muslim.

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