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Das Feuerzeug (1959)

A young soldier discovers three chests of copper, silver and gold and an old tinder-box in the hollow of an old oak tree. He is now rich. But he squanders the money until it is all gone. ... See full summary »

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Rolf Ludwig ... Der Soldat / The Soldier
Heinz Schubert ... Der Geizige / The Miser
Rolf Defrank ... Der Eitle / The Vain Man
Hannes Fischer ... Der Dicke / The Fat Man
Hans Fiebrandt ... Der König / The King
Maria Besendahl ... The Queen
Senta Bonacker ... Die Kammerfrau / The Lady-in-waiting
Fritz Schlegel ... Der Wirt / The Innkeeper
Barbara Mehlan ... Die Prinzessin / The Princess
Maria Wendt ... Altes Mütterchen / The Old Woman
Steffie Spira
Johannes Maus
Jochen Diestelmann
W.O. Eckhardt
Paul Böttcher
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A young soldier discovers three chests of copper, silver and gold and an old tinder-box in the hollow of an old oak tree. He is now rich. But he squanders the money until it is all gone. All he has left is the old tinder-box. He uses it to light a small pipe and three large dogs come to his rescue. Based on the fairy-tale by Hans Christian Anderson. Written by Anonymous

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After the fairy-tale by Hans Christian Andersen

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Not a bad fairy tale, a little spoiled by political propaganda
31 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

The movie is not bad, or maybe a little more than that. It hasn't the freshness and the richness in ideas and fantasy – and the absence of political contents - of the Czech fairy tales, but it flows pleasantly towards the end. It has bright colors and good actors. Its main problem is another. Like most East-German and Russian fairy tales movies, it can't refrain from political propaganda. In other cases it is overwhelming; here it's not too strong, though it can be seen without difficulty. The people from the higher classes are, without exception, lazy, false, two-faced, disdainful. The king and the queen are the most disagreeable. The "people", instead, is likable, honest, united, sympathetic.... So it is a very good thing that "the people" has demolished the upper classes and brought the "justice" of communism. This is the idea. The final revolt in the square of the village is a clear hint to the communist revolution. I have no doubt that political propaganda spoils the magic of a fairy tale. Apart from this, the movie is not a bad entertainment. Simple but good special effects.


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