Department of Germanic Studies

Dornröschen / Sleeping Beauty (Walter Beck, 1971) 71 minutes, German subtitles

Märchenfilme der DEFA - East German Fairytale Films

Tue, April 15, 2014 | Burdine 212

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The King and Queen plan an opulent feast to celebrate the birth of their long-awaited child, Dornröschen, and invite the fairies, so that they may bestow wealth and virtue on the Princess. But there are thirteen fairies, and only twelve golden plates - so the king instructs his messenger to leave one fairy out, the Fairy of Industry. To punish the King for his obsession with wealth and his rude treatment of the 13th fairy, she proclaims that when Dornröschen pricks her finger on a spindle, she and the entire court will sleep for 100 years. As predicted, Dornröschen pricks her finger, and the court must wait 100 years for a prince to wake them up.

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