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Heidi (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 3 March 1954 (USA)
An adaptation of the famous childhood classic about a little girl taken away from her beloved grandfather, which benefits from filming in the actual picturesque Switzerland locations and color photography.

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Luigi Comencini
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elsbeth Sigmund ... Heidi
Heinrich Gretler Heinrich Gretler ... Alp-Öhi / Alp-Ochi, Heidi's Grandfather
Thomas Klameth Thomas Klameth ... Geissenpeter / Peter the Goatherd
Elsie Attenhofer Elsie Attenhofer ... Tante Dete / Heidi's Aunt Dete
Margrit Rainer Margrit Rainer ... Peters Mutter / Peter's Mother
Fred Tanner Fred Tanner ... Pfarrer / Parson
Isa Günther Isa Günther ... Klara Sesemann / Clara, Ludwig's Daughter
Willy Birgel ... Herr Sesemann / Ludwig Sesemann
Traute Carlsen Traute Carlsen ... Klaras Grossmutter / Clara's Grandmother Sesemann
Anita Mey Anita Mey ... Frl. Rottenmeyer / Miss Rottenmeyer, Clara's Governess
Carl Wery Carl Wery ... Dr. Classen
Theo Lingen ... Sebastian the Sesemann's Servant
Walburga Gmür Walburga Gmür ... Bäckersfrau / Brigitte, Baker's Wife
Max Haufler Max Haufler ... Bäcker / Baker
Herr Cajörl Herr Cajörl ... Lehrer
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An adaptation of the famous childhood classic about a little girl taken away from her beloved grandfather, which benefits from filming in the actual picturesque Switzerland locations and color photography.

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Based on Johanna Spyri's Immortal Tale That Has Thrilled Children for Generations See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

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Country:

Switzerland

Language:

German | Swiss German

Release Date:

3 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heidi See more »

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Production Co:

Praesens-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the French-dubbed version, the actress lending her voice to Elsbeth Sigmund (Heidi) was none other than Françoise Dorléac, sister of Catherine Deneuve. See more »

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Version of Heidi (2005) See more »

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Affectionate, careful children's film not only children can appreciate
1 May 2006 | by dkbsSee all my reviews

This is the first film version of the famous children's book by Johanna Spyri in German language. It tells the story of a little swiss girl who lives with her grandfather Alp-Öhi solitarily in the swiss mountains. Someday Heidi is taken away to Frankfurt/Germany where she makes friends with Clara, a little girl who sits in a wheelchair, but becomes homesick... "Heidi" is a carefully made, affectionate film with good actors and good direction by Luigi Comencini, an Italian director who has had made some film in the neorealistic style and later entertainment films with the best known Italian actors. The film certainly benefits by the fact it was made in Switzerland, where the story in fact takes place. The style of this film is influenced by the visually ambitious so called "Bergfilme" (mountain-films) for example by Arnold Fanckh or Luis Trenker, as well as it seems influenced a little by the style of the Italian "Neorealism". This film version even tells about the social reality of the 19th century. Enjoyable is it's absence of kitsch so many mountain-films as well as children's films are infected by.

A good film. (Much better than it's sequel "Heidi und Peter" which I saw the day after)


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