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Hans Christian Andersen - My Life as a Fairytale
Hans Christian Andersen - My Life as a Fairytale
Actors: Edward Atterton, Patrick Barlow, Lynda Bellingham, Steven Berkoff, Kieran Bew
Director: Philip Saville
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
UR     2003     2hr 54min

One of the great figures of world literature, Danish author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) is renowned for his children's tales, yet comparatively little is known of his extraordinary rise from poverty to preeminen...  more »


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Actors: Edward Atterton, Patrick Barlow, Lynda Bellingham, Steven Berkoff, Kieran Bew
Director: Philip Saville
Creators: Clive Parsons, David V. Picker, Davina Belling, Paul Lowin, Robert Halmi Jr., Hans Christian Andersen, Kit Hesketh-Harvey
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Science Fiction, Family Films, Science Fiction & Fantasy, All Made-for-TV Movies
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 02/18/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 54min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Magically produced and Charmingly Acted
Enrique Sanchez | Miami, FL | 02/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Kieren Bew and Emily Hamilton bring most of the emotional and acting highs to this delightful production. The art direction and styling of this splendrous melding of Hans Christian Andersen and his memorable stories are unforgettable.Bew brings a delightfully childlike and charmingly bubbly prescence that disarms one and allows us into the mind and true story of one of history's delightful creations.I recommend this very highly. To those who cherish Andersen and those have not been spoiled by this present world of in-your-face theatrics and slam-bang storytelling. All is not happy in this tale. But that's Hans readily admits. The pace is free and easy. Buy it, make yourself a cup of tea and sit back. Enjoy."
Great film
M. J Myles | Wheeling, W.V. United States | 04/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This version of Hans Christian Andersen is really great. Wonderful costumes scenery and good actors and also scenery and effects. Its version for children and grownups ."
Magical, but uneven film...
Steven Cain | Temporal Quantum Pocket | 09/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I take David Eberhart's point about the depressing quality that weaves its way though this movie - the front end, during his early years, being the most depressing by far.

The almost Shakespearean tragedy of mis-placed affection and obsessive love that led Andersen to pursue the wrong woman is captured well, while various fairytales are woven into the real-life a story span.

Bew is almost over the top as a wacky but gifted Andersen, although his craziness gradually diminishes as the movie progresses.

Emily Hamilton gives a heartbreakingly sweet and sensitive performance as his 'adoptive' sister, whom any man in his right mind would have married in an instant.

By the time Andersen works out that he really loved Emily's character after all, it is too late...

When it works, it works beautifully, and the cast, which includes the superb James Fox and Alison Steadman (who turns in a couple of delicious cameos) all delivered admirable performances.

Not perfect, but worth a look."
One of the best movies I've ever seen
*Lyra Brown* | 06/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a brilliant movie. I have watched it many times and I cried every time. It tells the life of Hans Christian Andersen, while slipping beautifully into the stories he wrote. The genius part is the way that the SAME actors and actresses are used in the "real life" part as well as the fairytales. This really helped to show the symbolism of the story, seeing it perhaps as Andersen saw them. It has wonderful costumes and beautiful singing. It also shows, very gently at first but later far more "in-your-face" Andersen's slip into insanity."