Based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are trapped in the deceptively decorated house of the witch Griselda who wishes to fatten Hansel so that he may be baked ... See full summary »
Based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel is a dark and stylized, black and white, German Expressionistic silent picture featuring detailed design and an eerie ... See full summary »
When a poor Depression-era mountain father and stepmother can no longer afford to feed their children, Hansel and Gretel, they walk them into the woods and "lose" them. Banjo tunes ... See full summary »
If you go down to the woods tonight be sure of the biggest surprise of your life! When Hansel and Gretel's wicked stepmother leads them into the dark forest, the children find themselves in... See full summary »
Outstanding film adaptation of Humperdinck's opera
I have this film on laserdisc and it is brilliant! This is one of several film-opera adaptations made by Unitel during the 1970s with truly outstanding casts. Not only is the soundtrack one of the best recordings ever made of this delightful opera, but the opera singers act for themselves and demonstrate that they can really act these roles. There are quite a few imaginative cinematic special effects that could never be duplicated in an opera performance, and they add to the excitement. The performance is in German but there are subtitles. I have used this film to introduce elementary age students to opera and they have always loved watching/listening to this.
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