Hans Christian Andersen

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The opening scene of the movie describes it best: “Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales.” The glorious story of the greatest storyteller of them all!

ACTORS :  Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1952

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Hans Christian Andersen  A completely fabricated biography of the famous Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen featuring several of his stories and a ballet performance of “The Little Mermaid”.

he most underrated musical I have ever seen!

Hans Christian Andersen  This film is fantastic. The problem is hardly anybody has seen it, and anybody who hasn’t is seriously missing out. It features Danny Kaye in his element here, as the fairy-tale author, and a superb score by Frank Loesser. All the songs are moving or humorous, and I recognised all of the fairy tales. I was moved by Ugly Duckling, laughing with delight at Thumbelina, and swaying in time to the music of Copenhagen, which has never looked that beautiful. The supporting stars are solid, most notably from Joey Walsh, Farley Granger and Jeanmaire. Speaking of the ballet sequences, I disagree that they were plodding. It may have been 20 minutes long, but the little mermaid, for me was the highlight of the film, and perfectly set to the music of Lizst. Hearing Schubert’s Rosamunde was a delight, and when I heard the music to Anderson’s dream(him trying to get Doro away from Nils), I genuinely felt I was watching a Wagnerian opera, with its devilish imagery and Flying Dutchman -like incidental music. Danny Kaye was fantastic in the song numbers, and although his voice isn’t large, he has phenomenal breath control that is almost as good as that of the opera singer Tito Schipa. Watch this musical, which is perfectly-paced. If you don’t see this, you’re seriously missing out! 10/10.

I love it….

This was the movie that caused me to fall in love with Danny Kaye. I still love watching this movie more than 20 years after I saw it for the first time on television. I love his gentle nature with the children, in particular the little girl he sings “Thumbalina” to. Fabricated or not, this is one of his best films showing the true diversity of an incredibly talented man. Danny Kaye was surely one of the last of a dying Hollywood breed.

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