The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
By DAVID WEINER
January 22, 2013
Director Terry Gilliam's much-heralded, over-the-top 1988 production borrows from the tall tales of The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen, published in 1785, and stars John Neville as the title character, an 18th-century German nobleman with a penchant for tall tales that may actually have been true. The adventures range from a deadly wager with the Grand Turk (with the Baron's head saved only by the world's fastest runner, played by Monty Python star Eric Idle) and a romantic fling with the Queen of the Moon and its King with a removable head (Robin Williams) to an event hosted by the Roman God Vulcan (Oliver Reed) and his wife, the Goddess Venus (played by a sultry Uma Thurman).