The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)

Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, The (1962, USA) C-135m. SCOPE *** D: Henry Levin, George Pal. Starring Laurence Harvey, Karlheinz Böhm, Claire Bloom, Walter Slezak, Barbara Eden, Oskar Homolka, Arnold Stang, Walter Rilla, Yvette Mimieux, Russ Tamblyn, Jim Backus, Terry-Thomas, Buddy Hackett. Fictionalized bio-pic of famed German writers the Grimm brothers. Film charts their attempts to write the biography of a Duke when they would rather tell fairy tales. In three separate stories their fantasy worlds come to life. Uneven epic runs hot and cold, with some interesting special effects, but generally remains colorful and entertaining enough to be worthwhile. The first film shot in 3-camera Cinerama, which produced an aspect ratio of 2.59:1, with two faint vertical lines separating the 3 screens. Some prints are minus the prologue, intermission and exit music, others are reported to run even longer. Oscar winner for Best Costume Design. Filmed in Germany.


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