(8/3/03 9:57 pm)
Fritz Genschow's "Hansel and Gretel"|
I was searching the internet recently and came across a web site dedicated to an old German film by Fritz Genschow. It is a retelling of "Hansel and Gretel". I was wondering if anyone has ever seen this movie?
(8/4/03 8:18 am)
Re: Fritz Genschow's "Hansel and Gretel"|
I've never seen the movie, but thanks for a really entertaining
hour! I never heard of K. Gordon Murray, either, but found the site
and other related ones very interesting. We were discussing movies
based on fairy tales a short while back, and I never knew these
existed. Unfortunately, I guess, when I was a kid my parents never
sent us to matinees and the only movies we went to at night were
westerns at the drive-in.
(8/4/03 9:23 pm)
This looks vaguely familiar|
Did they ever show it on American television in the 70's? Looks interesting. I bookmarked it for further reading. For a truly edgy and disturbing version of Hansel and Gretel, see "People Under The Stairs" by Wes Craven. Maybe one of the best movies he's made.
(8/9/03 12:53 am)
Since We're Discussing "Hansel And Gretel"...|
I have seen and own many versions of "Hansel and Gretel"
on film, and I notice that many versions incorporate a mother rather
than a step-mother. In many versions, the mother will come home
after being away, and Hansel and Gretel will have spilled a pitcher
of milk, made a mess, etc. The mother then sends the children into
the forest to pick berries as punishment. Not long after, the father
will come home with food, and after noticing that the children are
no where around, will ask where they are. The mother will tell him
that the children are in the woods, to which he will become horrified,
and tell her that a witch who eats children lives in the woods.
I own the puppet version starring Constance Brigham and Anna Russell.
This sequence in this version is very dramatic, even incorporating
the witch herself, who is listening to what the worried parents
are saying. In this version, the witch lives in a place called (and
I don't know if I spelled this right, or if there is any such word
that contains any meaning) Elsenstein. It sounds like a German word,
and I was wondering if anyone knows if this word means something.
I was thinking maybe something to the effect of witch's territory.
Also, what are your thoughts about the parents knowing there is
a witch living in the forest in some versions, as opposed to them
not knowing in the original version from the Brothers Grimm, in
which there is no mention of a witch until the children are inside
the gingerbread house sleeping?