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

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... See full summary »

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Philip Saville

Writers:

Hans Christian Andersen (book), Kit Hesketh-Harvey (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kieran Bew ... Hans Christian Andersen
Emily Hamilton ... Jette / Little Mermaid
Flora Montgomery ... Jenny
James Fox ... Jonas Collin
Simon Callow ... Charles Dickens
Steven Berkoff ... Meisling
Mathieu Carrière ... Otto
Geraldine James ... Hans's Mother
Alison Steadman ... Mrs. Meisling
Edward Atterton ... Prince Christian of Denmark
Mark Dexter ... Edward
Hugh Bonneville ... Publisher
Lynda Bellingham ... Landlady
Miranda Pleasence ... Gypsy Washerwoman
Patrick Barlow Patrick Barlow ... Plopqvist
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hans Christian Andersen See more »

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Hallmark Entertainment See more »
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Color
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A brilliant mixture of reality and fantasy.
28 March 2004 | by qultlifterSee all my reviews

This film is absolutely fabulous fiction. Without disclosing much of the actual events, it focuses on Hans Christian Andersen's relations to women after he has left his childhood home. It is described at two levels. A straightforward reality outlines the dilemma quite sober and exact: should you go for what you need, or should you be led by your deepest desire. As intervals fantasies consisting of reproductions of some of the main character's world-famous fairy tales offer the viewer an intense and intuitive understanding that might be hard to obtain otherwise. This is fantasy at its best. I can only compare it with reading Michael Ende's book: The Never-ending Story, and of course Pink Floyd's music-movie of genius 'The Wall'. It is a success mixing reality and fantasy into a higher entity.


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