The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
music by Micheal Kamen
Heath Ledger and Terry Gilliam seems to be on everyones tongue and/or blog lately, what with the potential death of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus...oh and the actual death of Heath Ledger. All this talk has once again stirred up yet another chapter of the "Terry Gilliam Curse". (If you've never heard about it...follow that link. It's pretty interesting) I thought that this week I'd bring you music from a Gilliam film that was no less troubled, but actually got finished in the end. One that many people overlook, but I consider to be a fantastic fantasy/adventure, and that's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. I won't go into a film review, as we're talking about music here...but like the film, the score by Micheal Kamen is innocent and whimsical with a touch of magic and adventure. I find this one of the most interesting Kamen scores out there, as it really shows how diverse he can be when scoring films. We've all heard his work on Highlander, Lethal Weapon, and X-Men, but this has quite a different feel that he pulls off just fine. So I leave you this week with a couple of very out of print tracks that capture Gilliam's great sense for the bizarre and Kamens broad versatility. Enjoy.
Download Micheal Kamen & Eric Idle - The Sultan via yousendit
Get the film on DVD for 15 bucks!
ps- when the link dies, you can always find my score selections