Hinds, Gareth. Bearskin. New York: Thecomic Com, 1998. Amazon.com:Buy the book in paperback.
GRAPHIC NOVEL: This is a Graphic Novel adaptation of a Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale. It is the story of a discharged soldier who, homeless and destitute, agrees to a deal with the Devil. For seven years he must wear the pelt of a bear, and neither bathe, shave, cut his hair or nails, nor sleep in a bed. If he dies during the seven years, he will lose his soul, but if he survives he will be the wealthiest man in the world.
Napoli, Donna Jo. The Wager. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2010. Amazon.com:Buy the book in hardcover.
NOVEL: Don Giovanni was once the wealthiest and handsomest young man in Messina. Then a tidal wave changed everything. When a well-dressed stranger offers him a magical purse, he knows he shouldn’t take it. Only the devil would offer a deal like this, and only a fool would accept.
Don Giovanni is no fool, but he is desperate. He takes the bet: he will not bathe for 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days. Beauty is a small price to pay for worldly wealth, isn’t it? Unless he loses the wager—and with it his soul.
Set against the stunning backdrop of ancient Sicily, Donna Jo Napoli’s new novel is a powerful tale about discovering what truly matters most.
I have listed primarily
classical compositions of music using the themes of this fairy tale in
either ballet, opera or some other musical style. I have also provided
links to popular recordings of the music when available at Amazon.com.
The advantage to these links is that you can listen to samples of the
music at no charge.
Bearskin (1982). Tom Davenport, director. Davenport Films Production. Amazon.com:Buy it onDVD orVHS.
Davenport Films, an independent film company, has a wonderful short film titled Bearskin. This is the same film company that produced Willa: An American Snow White which has appeared on PBS. Please follow these links or click on a photo still to visit their website and learn more about this film. These movies are some of the best renditions of folklore on film.
Bearskin: An Urban Fairy Tale (1989). Ann Guedes and Eduardo Guedes, directors. Amazon.com: Buy the movie on DVD (Region 2).
Tom Waits .... Silva
Damon Lowry .... Johnny Fortune
Charlotte Coleman .... Kate
Júlia Britton .... Laura
Bill Paterson .... Jordan
"The Soldier Who Didn't Wash." Part of the Storybook International series. 1985. Amazon.com: Buy the movie on DVD.
LIVE ACTION: Based on a Russian variant of the Bearskin tale. A poor, lonely soldier makes a deal with the Devil. In exchange for great wealth, the soldier agrees not to wash for fifteen years. The soldier becomes a social outcast but ultimately comes to the aid of a money-strapped king on the condition that one of the princesses becomes his wife. This tale is often known as Bearskin in its American variants.