Everyone who had a talent for it lived happily ever after.

John Neville (1925-2011) as Karl August Friedrich Hieronymous, Baron von Munchausen, in the eponymous The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen.

Sultan: Have you any famous last words?
Baron Munchausen: Not yet.
Sultan: “Not yet”? Is that famous?

Of all the magnificent movies in the Gilliam oeuvre (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Time Bandits, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus among them), Munchausen is one of my favorites. 1 The Astas are also fond of it, though Time Bandits and The Holy Grail win hands down for sheer helpless giggles.

Baron Munchausen: Am I dead?
Sally: No.

Baron Munchausen: Go away! I’m trying to die!
Sally: Why?
Baron Munchausen: Because I’m tired of the world and the world is evidently tired of me.
Sally: But why? Why?
Baron Munchausen: Why, why, why! Because it’s all logic and reason now. Science, progress, laws of hydraulics, laws of social dynamics, laws of this, that, and the other. No place for three-legged cyclops in the South Seas. No place for cucumber trees and oceans of wine. No place for me.

Fare thee well, Baron. Fare thee well.

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  1. The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen holds the singular disticntion of making Uma Thurman not only palatable, but actually watchable, something no director before or since has managed to achieve, this despite Tarantino’s predilection for slumming.

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