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Froschkönig

Director: Walter Beck, 67 Min., Color, Feature Film
Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR)
DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme, 1987

Film/Video Format
35 mm
Length in m
1829
English Title
The Frog Prince
Premiere Date
Release Date (for Cinema)
Literary Source
Gebrüder Grimm: "Der Froschkönig", Märchen
Releases
DVD + Blu-ray: ICESTORM Entertainment GmbH / www.icestorm.de
Film poster for "Froschkönig"

Short Summary (English)

While playing in the palatial gardens, Princess Henriette, the king's youngest daughter; drops her favourite plaything, a golden ball, into a cool spring. A frog offers to get her toy from the water. But on one condition: from now on, she is to share food, drink and bed with him. She does not hesitate to make this promise. But when the frog wants to join her in bed, she is filled with disgust and throws him against a wall. He is turned into a handsome prince and she falls in love with him right away. But as she has broken her promise, he is only partly freed from his spell and has to leave her. The princess sets out to find him; she has to weather perils and pass trials. She finally reaches the castle of the frog-king who, meanwhile, has become lonesome, embittered and emotionally cold.

Disguised as Master Henry, she succeeds in slipping into the castle. She helps the cooper; the cook and the chamberlains. And so, quite cunningly, she can still fulfil her promise and have the cast on the prince lifted.

Source: Progress Film-Verleih

Film still for "Froschkönig"

(Dir.: Walter Beck, 1987) Photography: Dieter Jaeger

Film still for "Froschkönig"

(Dir.: Walter Beck, 1987) Photography: Dieter Jaeger

Film Crew

Director
  • Walter Beck
Script
  • Walter Beck
Camera
  • Wolfgang Braumann
Film Editing
  • Rita Hiller
Cast
  • Jana Mattukat (Henriette)
  • Jens-Uwe Bogadtke (Froschkönig)
  • Peter Sodann (König)
  • Franziska Glöss-Ebermann (Florentine)
  • Susanne Lüning (Geraldine)
  • Thomas Wolff (Askold)
  • Pedro Hebenstreit (Barnabas)
  • Dieter Wien (Carbinian)
  • Günter Schubert (Dagobert)
  • Gunter Friedrich (Reiter)
  • Karl (auch: Karl-Heinz; Karl-Heinrich) Sturm (Reiter)
  • Gunnar Helm (Reiter)
  • Jürgen Hölzel (Reiter)
  • Gerd Blahuschek (Stimme Feuer)
  • Janina Hartwig (Stimme Wasser)
  • Carl Martin Spengler (Stimme Wind)
Assistant Director
  • Dagmar Kleist
Assistant Camera
  • Dietrich Pohl
  • Dieter Jaeger
Scenario
  • Brigitte Bernert
Production Design
  • Christoph Schneider
Script Editing
  • Gerd Gericke
Music
  • Günther Fischer
Sound
  • Werner Dibowski
  • Helga Kadenbach (Tonmischung)
Costume Design
  • Dorit Gründel
Make-Up
  • Klaus Becker
  • Waltraud Becker
Props
  • Werner Giesler
Production Management
  • Siegfried Kabitzke
Unit Production Management
  • Holger Bohm
  • Egon Schlarmann
Design
  • Bernd A. Chmura (Froschentwurf)
  • Horst Misch (Frosch: Plastisches Modell)
  • Lutz Hoffmann (Choreografie)
  • Marco Lenk (Choreografie)
  • Frank Lenk (Pyrotechnik)
Animation
  • Erich Günther
  • Heiko Ebert
  • Frank Wittstock
  • Wolfgang Chevallier
DEFA Photography
  • Dieter Jaeger

Short Summary (German)

Eine Prinzessin läßt beim Spiel eine goldene Kugel in den Brunnen fallen, und ein Frosch gibt sie ihr wieder - unter der Bedingung, daß sie fortan mit ihm Speise, Trank und Bett teilt. Das Versprechen ist schnell gegeben, doch als der Frosch in ihr Bett will, wirft sie ihn empört an die Wand. Er verwandelt sich in einen schönen Prinzen, muß sie aber verlassen, weil sie ihr Versprechen gebrochen hat. Die Prinzessin macht sich auf die Suche nach ihm, übersteht vielfältige Gefahren und gerät zum Schloß des Froschkönigs. Als Junge verkleidet, gelingt es ihr hineinzukommen. Als Gehilfe bei Küfer, Koch und Kammerherrn kann sie ihr Versprechen doch noch erfüllen und den Prinzen erlösen.

(Quelle: Das zweite Leben der Filmstadt Babelsberg. DEFA-Spielfilme 1946-1992)

Short Summary (Other Languages)

Un giorno, giocando, una principessa perde una palla d'oro in un pozzo. Gliela restituisce un ranocchio, chiedendole che, da quel momento in poi, possa mangiare, bere e dormire con lei. La promessa è presto data, ma quando il ranocchio cerca di intrufolarsi nel suo letto, la principessa lo lancia contro il muro disgustata. Cadendo a terra, il ranocchio si trasforma in un bellissimo principe, costretto ad abbandonare la ragazza, perchè questa non ha mantenuto la promessa. La principessa inizia a cercarlo e dopo mille traversie raggiunge il suo castello. Travestita da ragazzo, lavora per il cantiniere, il cuoco e il ciambellano, mantiene la promessa e libera il principe. (Italienisch)

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