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Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair
Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair

Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair 1978


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Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair 1978

78 mins United Kingdom Director. Susan Shapiro, Esther Ronay, Francine Winham

A private detective (Fairport Convention musician Dave Swarbrick) investigates the case of a young woman held captive by her drug-addicted mother. This is just one of many witty, imaginative reframings of the Brothers Grimm fairytale in this beguiling feminist film. The wildly diverse episodes show how the story’s characterisation and political morality pervade graphics, adverts, films and TV.

According to Time Out, “the super-seductive animation of dream and symbolism; the opportunist male voyeur as film noir detective; a raunchy cartoon Venus, her roots firmly in witchcraft; the family melodrama of menopausal angst; and finally Rapunzel’s own tale, a live-action narrative which completes the film’s substructure of the stages of womanhood, and leads firmly out of an urban desert to a finale of feminist celebration. Fairytales were always appealing, but they never made quite so much sense.”

Directed by

Susan Shapiro

Esther Ronay

Francine Winham


Experimenta Fantasy Animation & Artists Moving Image


The Black Box Experimenta Unavailable on DVD




United Kingdom



Production company

British Film Institute Production Board

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