Fairytales don’t always have happy endings, as the darker elements of this collection show.
Often cinema celebrates the sunnier side of fairy stories, with Lotte Reiniger’s silhouette animations of Cinderella, Thumbelina and Hansel and Gretel granting their heroes the required happy ending (albeit after the grisly dispatch of the villains). But for those who like a bit of bite in their stories will relish the adult reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood in Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves, while Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair offers a rare feminist take on the fairytale. Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la bête, meanwhile, is a spellbinding, sensuous masterpiece.
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Animation & Artists Moving Image195511 minsDirector: Lotte Reiniger

A silent silhouette animation of the classic fairy tale.

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Animation & Artists Moving Image195510 minsDirector: Lotte Reiniger

An enchanting silhouette animation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.

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Hansel and GretelHansel and Gretel

Animation & Artists Moving Image195511 minsDirector: Lotte Reiniger

One of the scariest Brothers Grimm tales is interpreted in delicate silhouette animation.

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The Sleeping BeautyThe Sleeping Beauty

Animation & Artists Moving Image195410 minsDirector: Lotte Reiniger

The Brothers Grimm's story springs to life in intricate silhouette animation.