The fictionalized lives of the story-telling Grimm brothers are brought to life in this all-star fantasy film. In the early nineteenth century, the brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm are commissioned to write a family history for a local Duke. Reenactments of three of their stories including "The Dancing Princess", "The Cobbler and the Elves" and "The Singing Bone". Written by
Rumors that 'Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm' could never be "restored" because the original 3-panel Cinerama camera negatives were heavily water damaged are untrue. Sources close to Warner Brothers and Cinerama Inc, report there is actually very minimal water damage to one edge of one panel in only some reels, and the Technicolor color separation prints are intact for the entire film. Therefore if any of the water damage actually would show on screen or video, that footage could be replaced with new negative made from the Technicolor separations. 3 color separation reels for each of the 3 Cinerama panels means the replacement process would be costly, but not impossible. See more »
In the scene where the princess is leaving the castle to dance , it clearly begins during the night, but when she steps outside and walks to the carriage it is daytime, and when she arrives at her destination, it is yet again night. See more »
When I was a kid I would have travelled to the moon if necessary to see anything in Cinerama and this film was no different. I have not seen it since '62 or '63 but I can still recall its magic. If I dug hard enough in old trunks I might even find its 'programme'. Amazing how blockbusters and special format pics always seemed to have accompanying booklets...or they did here in NZ at least.
If I was to view this now in some small screen format it might indeed seem corny and clumsy and dull but let me say that in three eye cinerama it was a sumptuous feast for a ten or so year old and I reckon if I was to see it again in those circumstances I would still be spellbound. How could one not be when senses are in sensory overload?
Years later I got to visit the real Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria. I recall it being a bit of a a disappointment compared to the sequences where it featured in this film. Long live Cinerama!
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