The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."
A completely fabricated biography of the famous Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen featuring several of his stories and a ballet performance of "The Little Mermaid".Written by
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Heavily edited (by twenty-five minutes) for broadcast. The complete film runs a full two hours. See more »
During the crossing of the Great Belt the still existing light tower on the island Sprogø is seen in the background. Although there was a light tower on the island when the 14 year-old Hans Christian Andersen went to Copenhagen, this particular tower was not built until 1869, when Andersen was 64 years old and had been a famous writer for many years. See more »
You dance the waltz like an elephant in a snowdrift! No, like an elephant that's fallen and trying to get up!
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Opening credits: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about this great spinner of fairy tales." See more »
This film is fantastic. The problem is hardly anybody has seen it, and anybody who hasn't is seriously missing out. It features Danny Kaye in his element here, as the fairy-tale author, and a superb score by Frank Loesser. All the songs are moving or humorous, and I recognised all of the fairy tales. I was moved by Ugly Duckling, laughing with delight at Thumbelina, and swaying in time to the music of Copenhagen, which has never looked that beautiful. The supporting stars are solid, most notably from Joey Walsh, Farley Granger and Jeanmaire. Speaking of the ballet sequences, I disagree that they were plodding. It may have been 20 minutes long, but the little mermaid, for me was the highlight of the film, and perfectly set to the music of Lizst. Hearing Schubert's Rosamunde was a delight, and when I heard the music to Anderson's dream(him trying to get Doro away from Nils), I genuinely felt I was watching a Wagnerian opera, with its devilish imagery and Flying Dutchman -like incidental music. Danny Kaye was fantastic in the song numbers, and although his voice isn't large, he has phenomenal breath control that is almost as good as that of the opera singer Tito Schipa. Watch this musical, which is perfectly-paced. If you don't see this, you're seriously missing out! 10/10. Bethany Cox
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