Sunday, July 3, 2022

Rumpelstiltskin (1951)

One of a number of West German fairy tale films produced after the Second World War that ended up washing up on American shores years after their European runs more often than not in  a form bent by K Gordon Murray who bought them and numerous Mexican films for release as kiddie only screenings on weekends.(It been speculated the Murray's weekend kids shows were responsible for drug use and mental illness in the generation who saw them)

A more or less straight forward telling of the tale this film is going to seem way too leisurely paced for today's audiences  who are weened on wild and crazy action. That the film takes 80 minutes to spin out is going to have many people reaching for the remote.

One the other hand if you want a nostalgic film that doesn't Disney-fy  a fairy tale give it a shot.

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