Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella

(Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel)

GDR/CSSR, 1974, 83 min, Color
In German; English subtitles and voice over
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Synopsis

After her father's death, Cinderella's stepmother forces her to work as a maid at the family's manor, but all the servents and animals are fond of her because of her kind heart. When Cinderella meets a prince in the woods, she falls in love with him but is too embarrassed by her ragged clothes to act on her feelings. The family's coachman gives Cinderella three magic hazelnuts containing three different garments: men's hunting garb, a ball gown, and a wedding dress. Cinderella uses these disguises to cleverly and bravely to capture the prince's heart, and after a long search, the prince finally recognizes the young woman he met in the woods.

Commentary

This beloved fairy tale classic is based on a Czech version of the Cinderella story written by Bozena Nemcová. The film was originally shot with a mixed cast of German and Czech actors speaking in their respective native languages, and it was then later dubbed completely into German in the DEFA Studio.

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