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Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Drama | Family  -  December 2003 (France)
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A fictionalized account of the young life of Hans Christian Andersen, a young man with a penchant for storytelling but struggles to find his place in the world and gain the affection of the woman he adores. Interspersed throughout are brief interludes of the stories that will make Hans famous (The Nightingale, The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen to name a few), which are intertwined with the events that surround his own life. Written by Annie D

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Magically Produced and Charmingly Acted
2 February 2004 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

What a pleasant surprise to see this splendorous fantasy-biography of the life of Hans Christian Andersen.

First and foremost kudos must go to Kieren Bew for a, dare I say, enchanting portrayal full of energy, delightful invention and childlike pathos and innocence. I hope we see him many more times again.

The direction, writing, art direction and cinematography joined to form a magical setting for Andersen's stories.

This is a clever melding of stories and true biography. I was surprised that the words to a song I've loved for so long, "I Love You!" (Ich Liebe Dich) by Edvard Grieg was penned by Andersen! So many times we see biographies which stretch the truth to adorn the storytelling. But here, it is all true and it works quite well.

This is a story that I will return to again and again. And I will surely never tire of it.


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