6.3/10
356
6 user 3 critic

The Hallucinations of Baron Munchausen (1911)

Les Aventures du baron de Münchhausen (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Fantasy | November 1911 (USA)
After an evening of excessive wining and dining Baron Munchausen must be helped to bed by his servants. Once asleep, he has bizarre and frightening dreams.

Director:

Georges Méliès

Writers:

Gottfried August Bürger (book), Théophile Gautier (translation)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Short | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Aboard the futuristic flying machine of his own invention, Professor Mabouloff and his team of intercultural explorers set off on yet another impossible expedition to North Pole's vast landscapes. What wonders await the bold adventurers?

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès, Fernande Albany
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In this hand-colored short, a magician and his assistant do a series of magic tricks, including making potted plants appear, among others. Melies played the magician, and the actor Manuel played his assistant.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Manuel, Georges Méliès
Fantasy | Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

George Melies's second adaption of the classical fairy-tale, from 1912.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Louise Lagrange, Jacques Feyder, Marthe Vinot
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Jules-Eugène Legris, Georges Méliès
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

As the clock strikes twelve, a weary astronomer attempts to answer the impertinent enquiries of his young students by scrutinising an impending lunar eclipse, as an effeminate and delicate moon caresses the mighty sun's hungry cosmic rays.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Mlle. Bodson, Manuel, Georges Méliès
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A princess is kidnapped by Satan and thrown into a dungeon. Her lover, the brave Knight of the Snows, must then go on a journey to rescue her.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two travelers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventually experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An astronomer falls asleep and has a strange dream involving a fairy queen and the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès
A Nightmare (1896)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In this fantastic scene, a man who is eager to retire has a difficult time finding peace, as his nocturnal illusions come to life out of thin air.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Charles Claudel, Octavie Huvier, François Lallement
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Edit

Storyline

After an evening of excessive wining and dining Baron Munchausen must be helped to bed by his servants. Once asleep, he has bizarre and frightening dreams.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

November 1911 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hallucinations of Baron Munchausen See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of The Very Same Munchhausen (1979) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Baron Wines and Dines Well
12 January 2007 | by wmorrow59See all my reviews

This fantasy-comedy is one of the later works of "trick film" pioneer Georges Méliès, who started production in 1896 and made literally hundreds of these charming little movies before his career foundered in 1914. For viewers familiar with his style Baron Munchhausen's Dream (as it was known in the U.S.) presents a number of the director's characteristic touches, while for newcomers it may serve as a succinct digest of the special effects and comic motifs he had perfected during his fifteen years of film-making, rather like a cinematic medley of Georges' Greatest Hits.

As the film begins we join a dinner party of 18th century aristocrats, periwigged gentlemen and ladies in silk dresses, dining and drinking and chatting with great animation. It is suggested they move to the ballroom to dance, and most of the celebrants exit, but the host, Baron Munchausen, is too intoxicated to dance -- in fact, he can barely walk, and has to be helped to bed by servants. We notice immediately that his bedroom is dominated by an enormous mirror. Soon, as Munchausen falls asleep, this mirror becomes a stage-like setting for the baron's elaborate and disturbing dream. He travels to Egypt and is terrorized by the Pharaoh; he sees a trio of women (the Three Fates?) who turn into monstrous animals; he is menaced by giant insects; he sees women in Greek-style costumes who strike classical poses and then transform into an ornate fountain; he finds himself in a grotto where acrobatic demons tumble in every direction; he is confronted by a dragon; he is horrified by a spider-like woman in a giant web, then encounters a moon man with a bizarre face. The moon man's tongue becomes grotesquely long, and then his nose does likewise. When the moon man turns into an elephant wearing eye-glasses the baron reaches his limit of endurance. He smashes the mirror with a bedside table, then plummets through it. He falls out the window of his home, but fortunately his night-shirt snags on an iron fence and he is discovered by his servants dangling above the sidewalk, unhurt but caught in a most undignified position. We get one last look at Baron Munchausen the following morning, as he grimaces into his mirror with a pained expression.

This is a funny short as far as it goes, and if you've never seen a Méliès comedy it's well worth a look, but those wondering why his career ended so abruptly will find some clues here: while other directors were forging ahead with new cinematic techniques, Méliès was still producing the same sort of film he'd made repeatedly since the 1890s, with all the same effects produced from the same dwindling bag of tricks. The camera maintains its usual distance from the actors, with no close-ups. Méliès seemed to regard his actors as interchangeable puppets who were there to undergo transformations, strike tableaux-like poses or to react, but not to have any existence as recognizable characters. The movies were maturing past their infancy by 1911, and audience expectations were changing; the pioneer producers who survived into the new era of feature-length films were the ones who were able to accommodate movie-goers' new demands. Georges Méliès apparently saw no need to adapt or update his style and, as enjoyable as his films undeniably were, this creative paralysis was one of the reasons his career ended prematurely. Poor business decisions, exacerbated by the outbreak of the First World War and its impact on trade in Europe, were also major factors in his downfall.

Meanwhile, Baron Munchhausen's Dream is a perfectly enjoyable example of this director's work, and serves as something of a summation of his best creative qualities, but it also demonstrates Georges Méliès' perilous limitations as a filmmaker.


21 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed