ISMN:”Baron Prasil” (1962) + Georges Méliès’ “Conquest of the North Pole” (1912) & “The Spiritualist Photographer” (1903) - Tuesday July 31st, 9:30 PM @ Brewvies Cinema and Pub
“Incredibly strange with class.”
Back by request, this month @ Brewvies we’re having a rare free screening of Karel Zeman’s “Baron Prasil” (1962) aka “The Original Fabulous Adventure of Baron Munchausen”.
DVDR/83 Mins/Tinted Colors/Dubbed/Not Rated
If there’s any film that deserves a proper Criterion re-issue it’s “Baron Prasil”. One of the most beautiful and excessively imaginative films ever created beyond your wildest dreams.
Not only is the film’s story well told with a perfect cast, but the best part is knowing that everything you are seeing is hand crafted with no computer animation in sight. It personally makes me ache, wishing that more films of this quality were produced today.
I can’t wait to finally see one of our favorite films on a big screen!
Two Bonus Films by George Méliès:
“Conquest of the Pole” (1912)
+ “The Spiritualist Photographer” (1903) - Never before shown at ISMN. (Below)
It’s hard to talk about Baron Prasil and the films of Karel Zeman without mentioning the influence of the original master of cinematic magic Georges Méliès, especially now that more people know who he is thanks the the feature film “Hugo” (which I have yet to actually see).
(Above: Karel Zeman: 1910 - 1989)
The connections between Zeman and Melies are obvious especially with “Prasil”. Zeman just took the techniques to an entirely new level in the early 1960’s. More currently Zeman was the inspiration for the fantastic animation and fantasy work of Terry Gilliam (Monty Python, etc).
(Above: Marie Georges Jean Méliès: 1861 - 1938)
Although Méliès died left in poverty, whether his films were created in 1912 or as far back as 1896, the sense of magic and wonder about his work never ceases to amaze and baffle audiences til this day.
Time: Tuesday July 31st @ 9:30 PM
Place: Brewvies Cinema and Pub in SLC
Price: Free (21 and older only)
See you then!
Our previous review of Baron Prasil can be seen here: http://lostmediaarchive.tumblr.com/post/1533894808/ismn-baron-prasil-1961-thursday-nov-11th-7-30