*King Gustav's crown prince Moritz, an avid hunter refusing to pick a suitable bride, only has an instant crush on an unidentified fresh girl he meets while she stops him from shooting a ...
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*King Gustav's crown prince Moritz, an avid hunter refusing to pick a suitable bride, only has an instant crush on an unidentified fresh girl he meets while she stops him from shooting a deer. It's miller Gisbert's headstrong daughter Lisa. Overheard from the castle bragging absurdly is daughter can do anything, even spin gold from straw, the miller must either accept punishment for lies or prove his words. Lis is locked up in a castle tower with straw and a spinning wheel, desperate the task is impossible, hence doomed. At night appears a measly character, who offers to do it for her heirloom necklace. As the king demands more, threatening the miller's while family, Rumpelstilzchen returns, setting as price her last heirloom, mothers' ring. The king demanding even more, his price rises to her firstborn. Prince Moritz discovered she's his wood flame, but is locked up. However the king catches a gold allergy and passes the crown to his son, who marries Lisa and has a son himself a year...Written by
Fairy tale told with historical costume and modern language
The fairy tale is well told, naturally with embellishments to expand the story into a full length film, but with no changes to the story which would disturb any but the most conservative traditionalists. The choice of historical clothing and modern language is clearly laid down right at the beginning, and is adhered to throughout the film. The best-known actor is Gottfried John, who plays the king, the most nuanced character in this film, well, as one would expect. The central character was played by Julie Engelbrecht, daughter of actress Constanze Engelbrecht, who displayed the varying emotions convincingly enough for this fairy tale, but, because the drama was limited, this being a traditional tale told in a traditional way, was not called upon to display the extent of her acting talent. Having said that, she was also a good choice of actress, and added to the enjoyment of the story. Although historical costume with modern terminology and phrasing is by no means the only possible way of retelling fairy stories, it harmonises, possibly because one is used to such clothing in such films, but one does not have to change one's way of thinking in order to follow the dialogues. It was also very good that, whilst using many phrases that are very modern, the film was not tempted in any way to use any terminology that one might find offensive. The appearances of the title character, played by Robert Stadlober in a fitting, nuanced fashion, used modern film techniques in a way that underlined the unfolding of the plot, and at no time pressed the story into the background. The appearances of animals in the woods, and the views of the castle were the photographic highlights, but throughout the film, the colouring and scenery remained fitting for the story. All in all, this was a very enjoyable remake of the well-known Grimms' fairy tale.
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