Hans Christian Andersen 1952
"Hans Christian Andersen" announces right from the start that this is a fantasist approach to biography, with only limited nods to the actual life of the celebrated Danish storyteller that gives his name to the project. The film is a musical, starring Danny Kaye as Hans Christian Andersen, a poor shoemaker with a penchant and skill for the telling of tales that eventually leads him from small-town Odense to Copenhagen accompanied by his apprentice, Peter.

Andersen’s life in Odense seems to involve more story-telling than cobbling, as the town’s children flock to him to hear his tales, for instance 'The Emperor’s New Clothes'. In Copenhagen he eventually gets involved with the Royal Danish Ballet, being commissioned to make some new ballet shoes for their prima ballerina who is ever-arguing (and making-up) with the dance director, her husband. Andersen becomes embroiled in this situation by falling madly in love with the prima ballerina, eventually writing 'The Little Mermaid' for her as an expression of his love.

Director: Charles Vidor
Cast: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh
Country: USA
Genre: Biography, Family, Musical, Romance

DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:52:15 | 3.79 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Francais, Espanol
Subtitles: Francais, Espanol

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:47:43 | 5.50 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Deutsch, Francais, Italiano, Espanol
Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Nederlands, Suomi, Dansk

BD25 | 1080p AVC | 01:52:21 | 18.7 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

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