Christmas movie: Three Nuts for Cinderella

Temperature outside: 5 degrees, thunderstorm (not kidding!)

Christmas is all about traditions. There are certain things that mean Christmas to us, a song, a certain dish or a movie. In Germany there are several classic movies that return on TV every year at this time. For example “Little Lord Fauntleroy” (just yesterday) or – and this is my favorite – “Three Nuts for Cinderella” (also: Three Gifts for Cinderella, in German: Drei Nüsse für Aschenbrödel). It’s a Czech and East-German (DDR) fairy tale from 1973. In the anniversary year 2013 there was a big exhibition at Schloss Moritzburg in Saxony, where the film was shot. I think the movie is very beautiful. The story of the poor girl Cinderella who has to work for her greedy stepmother and sleep in the ash of the fireplace is set in a snowy medieval scene. A perfect nostalgic winter movie and I loved it so much when I was younger!

It varies the old fairy tale of Cinderella, written down in German by the brothers Grimm, but differs a lot from the Disney movie. No fairy, no pumpkin that becomes a carriage, no mice that become horses. In “Three Nuts for Cinderella”, magic appears a lot more subtly. A friend of Cinderella gives her three hazel-nuts as a gift. Each nut contains another beautiful dress. The third, of course, is the ball gown and the little shoes that Cinderella wears on the prom where she meets her prince.

What I really like about this film is the strong and autonomous role of Cinderella. She hunts in the forest on her own and makes a fool of the prince and his hunting party. She asks the prince a riddle to make him recognize her later at the prom night, she makes it hard for him to get her. That’s just my type of heroine! 🙂

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