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Das Singende, klingende Bäumchen

1957, regia di Francesco Stefani


Scheda: Nazione: Germania Est (DDR) - Produzione: DEFA (Deutsche Film) - Distribuzione: VEB Progress Film-Vertrieb, Westbourne Film DistributionSoggetto: dai racconti dei Fratelli Grimm - Sceneggiatura: Anne Geelhaar, Francesco Stefani - Fotografia: Karl Plintzner, Walter Roßkopf  - Montaggio: Christa Wernicke - Costumi: Hans Kieselbach - Musiche: Heinz-Friedel Heddenhausen - Effetti speciali: Ernst Kunstmann, Vera Kunstmann - Formato: Agfacolor - Durata: 74'.

Cast: Christel Bodenstein, Charles Hans Vogt, Eckart Dux, Richard Krüger, Dorothea Thiesing, Fredy Barten, Egon Vogel, Günther Polensen, Anna-Maria Besendahl, Friedrich Teitge, Paul Pfingst, Paul Knopf.






Trama e commenti: - «...Per il loro film dichiaratamente didascalico, The Singing Ringing Tree (L'albero che cantava e suonava), una produzione per famiglie realizzata nell'ex Repubblica Democratica Tedesca nel 1958, gli sceneggiatori Anne Geelhaar e Francesco Stefani (che ne era anche il regista) presero spunto da vari racconti della raccolta dei Fratelli Grimm. Esso mescolava un tipico racconto de La Bella e la Bestia con un'altra figura familiare: la Principessa Altezzosa che si considera troppo buona per il suo stuolo di corteggiatori...».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: - - - - - - - - - -«Francesco Stefani's The Singing Ringing Tree is an adaptation of a story by the Brothers Grimm. The story concerns a prince who must seek out the enchanted title tree in order to win the heart of a beautiful princess. The tree is protected by a dwarf who tells the prince that the prince will turn into a bear if he is unable to win the princess' love by the end of the day. He does transform into a bear, but he eventually wins the girl's love regardless» (Perry Seibert).«The original version of the Singing Ringing Tree ran for 73 minutes but we remember it cut into 3 parts, shown shortly before tea time on school nights in the early 1970's. We then think it made an appearance in the 1970s on Saturday morning television. According to the British Film Institute, it was made in in 1957 in East Germany and was show many times in the 60-70s on British TV. The Director was Francesco Stefani. Listed around the image above are the names of the creators and the actors who took part in the tale. I had vague memories of a poor fish flapping in a rapidly drying river, a beautiful white horse, a nasty dwarf, a bear in a cave, a girl in rags and an odd little tree. But watching this program again recently brought the memories flooding back. We hope this site will help you relive it too. A lovely old fashioned fairy tale of good triumphing over evil. Although it was originally filmed in German, it had a monologue English voice over when transmitted on British television. The remastered version available comes with English subtitles as well as the audio track of the English 60s-70s version which was considered for a time to be lost somewhere in the archives».

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Conosciuto anche con il titolo: The Singing Ringing Tree.



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