Die Schneekönigin [The Snow Queen]

Die Schneekönigin
Director: Michael Corder
Choreographer: Michael Corder
Based on: Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairy tale
Music by: Sergei Prokofiev
Seen on: 17.1.2016

The Snow Queen has a new mirror. But instead of reflecting her beauty in eternal winter, the mirror shows her Gerda and Kay who live in a small village together with Gerda’s grandmother. It’s springtime and they’re happily in love. The Snow Queen shatters the mirror in anger and decides to take revenge on the two of them.

The Snow Queen is one of my favorite fairy tales by Andersen and when I saw that they’d perform a ballet of it – with music by Prokofiev no less – I knew that I wanted to see it. And it was a very nice evening, even though I can’t recommend it without hesitation.

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Frozen (2013)

Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Writer: Jennifer Lee
Based on (or rather inspired by): Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairy tale The Snow Queen
Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds

Anna (Kristen Bell) and her sister Ella (Idina Menzel) were really close until Ella accidentally hurt Anna with her magic power that controls snow and ice. As a precaution their parents, the king and queen, effectively isolate Ella completely, much to Anna’s chagrin who doesn’t remember anything about the power. After their parents die, Ella is supposed to take over but things go out of hand and Anna finds herself on a mission to save not only Ella, but their entire kingdom with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff).

Frozen is beautifully animated, funny and very sweet. The plot is nice as well and surprisingly feminist. And to round things off, the music was really nice.


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Snow White, Blood Red (Ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling)

Snow White, Blood Red is an anthology of fairy tale retellings for adults, editted by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. It’s the first of a series of anthologies.

Overall, the anthology is very good. Of course, as in any anthology, there were stories I liked better than others but the quality of all of them was very high. Datlow as well as Windling provide introductions and there’s an appendix of recommended reading, which is pretty awesome. If you like fairy tale retellings, fantasy/SciFi and a little bit of horror, you will love this book.

As usual, I’ll go through the stories one by one.


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