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Modern Interpretations of King Thrushbeard

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The story of King Thrushbeard and its themes have appeared in literature and other forms of art. This page provides a small discussion of some of the better known treatments by authors and other artists.

Literature   Poetry   Music   Film   Theatre

Literature: Novels

None so far!

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Literature: Short Stories

Glassco, Bruce. "Thrushbeard." Realms of Fantasy. December 2000.


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None so far!

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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.

Kiss Me, Kate

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To learn more about these films, please visit the
Internet Movie Database.

Taming of the Shrew

The Quiet Man

Konig Drosselbart (1954)

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Davenport Films:  Rapunzel, Rapunzel with BristlelipBristlelip by Davenport Films

Bristlelip (1982). Tom Davenport, director. Davenport Films Production.
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Davenport Films, an independent film company, has a wonderful short film based on Bristlelip. Bristlelip is an American variation of King Thrushbeard. 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.

Moonlighting: Atomic Shakespeare

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Deliver Us From Eva (2003)

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Shakespeare, William. The Taming of the Shrew.

Kiss Me, Kate

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