Film: THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN/BARON PRÁSIL (d. Karel Zeman, 1962, Czechoslovakia)
Forum: Gene Siskel Film Center Format: DCP
Observations: The final film of the day, a recent restoration of an esteemed movie that seamlessly crossed animation with live actors. The Czech consulate and participants in the restoration were present and even sponsored a nice reception before the movie. A virtually packed house for this one, and a title that I fully expect to return for a longer run later.
The Czech Lion Awards are essentially the Czech version of the Oscars, celebrating Czech filmmakers, Czech actors, and politely tolerating the hijinks of whoever the Czech equivalent of Steve Martin is. Not surprisingly, organizers of the event were thrilled to hear from Jim Carrey’s representatives, informing them that the actor would like to swing by, since he was in town filming a movie.\
The only problem was: It wasn’t Jim Carrey. It wasn’t even Jamie Kennedy. In fact, the guy looked less like Carrey and more like that ventriloquist dummy from Goosebumps. People should have really seen through the ruse, though, when he took the stage and instead of quipping “All righty then” or “Somebody stop me,” he didn’t say a goddamn word … because the impostor didn’t speak English.
Then he fired a confetti gun in the air like a maniac, because apparently people in Prague think Jim Carrey is Rip Taylor.
During his forced emmigration in 1980s, he also appeared in small parts in Miloš Forman´s Ragtime (1981) and Philip Kaufman´s The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). His last appearance on big screen was rather sad documentary Hoteliér (2013), which captured Landovský´s physical and mental decline.