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Once upon a time

Carl Th. Dreyer, Denmark, 1922

75 min.DK/FeatureFairy tale, Drama, ComedySilent films

"Der var engang" (Once Upon a Time) is based on a popular Danish nationalistic play from 1887, with a storyline that blends Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Swineherd" with Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew". The Prince of Denmark woos the Princess of Illyria, but is rejected. He disguises himself as a tinker, and contrives to have the Princess thrown out of her home. Living in poverty in a hut in the forest, she grows to love the tinker, even to the extent of refusing a chance to marry the Prince (not knowing the two are one and the same).
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Der var engang
Danish title Der var engang
Other titles Once upon a time, Det var en gång
Director Carl Th. Dreyer
Screenplay Carl Th. Dreyer, Palle Rosenkrantz
Based on Efter Holger Drachmanns skuespil fra 1885 (opført 1887), som bygger på H. C. Andersens eventyr "Svinedrengen", udgivet første gang i december 1841.
Director of Photography George Schnéevoigt
Production designer Jens G. Lind
Appearances Peter Jerndorff, Clara Pontoppidan, Svend Methling, Hakon Ahnfelt-Rønne
Production country Denmark
Production companies Sophus Madsen Film
Domestic distribution Fotorama
Technical info 2655 meter, 35 mm, 1,33:1, Black/white, Silent
Danish theatrical release 03.10.1922
Cinemas Palads
Danish rating Allowed for all

Companies

Production companies Sophus Madsen Film
Domestic distribution Fotorama

Direction

Direction Carl Th. Dreyer

Script

Script Carl Th. Dreyer
Script Palle Rosenkrantz

Production

Executive producer Sophus Madsen

Cinematography

Cinematography George Schnéevoigt

Production design

Production design Jens G. Lind
Set dresser: Rococo decor Victor Permin

Appearance

Kongen af Illyrien Peter Jerndorff
Prinsessen af Illyrien Clara Pontoppidan
Prinsen af Danmark Svend Methling
Kaspar Røghat Hakon Ahnfelt-Rønne
Ceremonimesteren Torben Meyer
Bolette Fadebursterne Karen Thalbitzer
Papegøje-Kammerherren Valdemar Schiøler Linck
Schweitzeren Viggo Wiehe
1ste frier Mohamed Archer
2den frier Henry Larsen
1ste hofdame Lili Kristiansson
2den hofdame Zun Zimmermann
3die hofdame Bodil Faber
Køgemesterinden Emilie Walbom
Bissekræmmeren Lars Madsen
"Doktor-Dorthe" Wilhelmine Henriksen
Kulsvieren Frederik Leth
Overhovmesterinde Musse Scheel
Appearance Gerda Madsen

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