Munchausen

The Truth Behind the Lies

The greatest liar of all times, Baron Munchausen, fell prey to a plot of lies himself. While his tall tales have become world literature and defined his public image as „baron of lies“, hardly anybody knows the real Munchausen and his tragic fate. This film reveals the truth behind the lies.

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  • - "Munchausen": recreation shoot starring Ben Becker ('Comedian Harmonists') completed

    From 10th to 16th May we turned back the hands of time to the 18th century in Lower Saxony for [...]

    From 10th to 16th May we turned back the hands of time to the 18th century in Lower Saxony for our extensive re-enactment shoot. Schloss Marienburg and Schloss Hämelschenburg, both south of Hannover, formed the historical setting for the scenic part of our docudrama 'Munchausen - The Truth Behind the Lies'. The leading actors: Ben Becker ('Comedian Harmonists') as Baron Munchausen and Alexander Beyer ('Good Bye, Lenin!') as his opponent and actual inventor of the concoctions, Rudolph Erich Raspe. The latest special effect techniques will make the famous stories around the 'Baron of Lies' come to life in spectacular way. Along with the documentary part which was already completed in 2011 - containing interviews with a descendant of the baron and with star director Terry Gilliam - this film traces down the true story behind those fabricated ones.


  • - TV premiere "Munchausen - The Truth Behind The Lies"

    The greatest liar of all times, Baron Munchausen, fell prey to a plot of lies himself? The docudrama starring Ben [...]

    The greatest liar of all times, Baron Munchausen, fell prey to a plot of lies himself? The docudrama starring Ben Becker reveals the truth behind the lies. For the first time on TV: 19 January 2013 at 8.15 pm on Arte.



Munchausen

The greatest liar of all times, Baron Munchausen, fell prey to a plot of lies himself. While his tall tales have become world literature and defined his public image as the ‚Baron of Lies‘, hardly anybody knows the real Munchausen and his tragic fate. In fact, the deck had been stacked against him. The film discovers the true story behind the lies.

Born into a family of impoverished landed gentry in North Germany, the historic Munchausen was quite a tragic figure. Having experienced the splendid life at the Russian tsar’s court where he spent several years as a young man, the Baron – back at his estate in Bodenwerder – bemoans his fate as an aristocrat of rather modest means. The only comfort to him: his Russian adventures which he embroiders with a considerable attention to detail in his grand salon. But what starts as a harmless vainglory within a circle of friends and family takes on a life of its own and ends in a meshwork of lies and deception.

But if it wasn’t Munchausen himself, who else is the creator of the famous stories about the Baron? Within the filmic research the evidence thickens towards the Hanover scholar Rudolf Erich Raspe who has verifiably been in contact with the Munchausen family. What made him abuse Munchausen’s stories though?

Official documents, letters and interviews with experts and descendants of Baron Munchausen unfold this colorful story of intrigues and adventures. High-end character-driven recreations starring famous German actors Ben Becker as the Baron and Alexander Beyer as Raspe bring to life the 18th century at different chapters in Munchausen‘s biography.

Hieronymus Carl Friedrich Freiherr v. Münchhausen: Ben Becker
Rudolph Erich Raspe: Alexander Beyer
Jacobine v. Münchhausen: Oana Solomon
Bernhardine v. Münchhausen: Sarah Hannemann
Elisabeth Raspe: Isabelle Barth
Publisher Smith: Steven Gilbert

author / director: Kai Christiansen
assistant director: Cordula Stadter
cinematography: Dirk Heuer, Reiner Bauer
camera assistant/focus: Dariusz Brunzl
sound: Urs Krüger
sound/camera assistant documentary: Freya Glomb
first gaffer: Günter Berghaus
set design: Kay Kuhlke
property master: André Barthel
costume design: Gudrun Leyendecker
make-up artist: Nica Faas, Nina Heppelmann
film editor: Marcel Martens
technical supervisor/assistant editor: Malte Hadeler
visual effects: Andy Davies Coward, Jens Greuner
graphic design / animation: Stefan Matlik
sound mix: Pierre Brand
composer: Nils Kacirek
narrato: Mechthild Großmann
production manager: Onno Ehlers
production assistant: Bettina Kinski
producer: Ira Beetz
editorial assistant: Ina Kessebohm
production supervisor: Daniela Schöne, Sandra Zentgraf
executive producer: Reinhardt Beetz
commissioning editors: Ulrike Dotzer (NDR/arte), Angela Sonntag (Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen)

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  • TV premiere Munchausen

    ARTE
    19 January 2013 at 8:15 pm

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    arte
    24 January 2013 at 1:55 pm

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    arte
    02 February 2013 at 2:35 pm

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    NDR
    02 April 2013 at 12:50 am

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    SWR
    23 September 2013 at 11:45 pm

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    ARD
    24 December 2013 at 7:15 pm

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    SWR
    08 January 2014 at 11:30 pm

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    NDR
    19 March 2014 at 12:00 am

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    SF1
    18 January 2015 at 3:05 pm

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    SF1
    19 January 2015 at 4:25 am

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    SF1
    24 January 2015 at 10:45 am

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    arte
    20 February 2015 at 5:30 pm

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    10 March 2015 at 5:30 pm

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    rbb
    14 June 2015 at 2:00 pm

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    rbb
    21 June 2015 at 2:05 pm

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    SF1
    07 November 2015 at 4:30 am

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    SF1
    12 December 2015 at 10:45 am

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    ORF2
    18 December 2015 at 10:45 pm

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    ORF3
    21 December 2015 at 3:40 pm

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    ORF 3
    23 October 2016 at 1:10 pm

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    RBB
    09 April 2017 at 2:00 pm

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    RBB
    09 April 2017 at 3:30 pm