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Die Schöne und das Biest (2012)

The story of Beauty and the beast.


Marcus Hertneck


Complete credited cast:
Maximilian Simonischek ... Biest / Prinz Arbo
Cornelia Gröschel Cornelia Gröschel ... Elsa
Jürgen Tarrach ... Wirt Hugo
Karsten Kramer ... Wenzel
Carolin Walter Carolin Walter ... Irmel
Christoph Letkowski ... Ritter Bertold
Wolfgang Edelmayer Wolfgang Edelmayer ... Vogt
Johannes Silberschneider ... Pfandleiher
Nadine Wrietz Nadine Wrietz ... Magd Gertrud
Wolfgang S. Zechmayer ... Schäfer
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One of the most poetic treatments of this legend ever made
5 July 2013 | by abigail-prohaskaSee all my reviews

Even if you live far away from the German-speaking regions I can only recommend you do everything to find a way of seeing this wonderful version of the Beauty and the Beast legend/myth. It has everything, most of all magic and romance yet with protagonists you can believe in, including the charismatic Beast - Maximilian Simonischek, and the lovely, yet down-to-earth Cornelia Gröschel. The setting is a mostly ruined castle in Austria, and is presented in pictures that impress the imagination so deeply that you can imagine no other version; there is also an emotional, evocative musical score to underline the heart-rending course of events. Maybe if you write to ZDF 2nd German Television you might be able to get a copy. Don't worry about the German, it'll go straight to your heart - we all know the story. You may miss some of the humour,but you will emote with the dramatic development of the characters, the tears, the suspense and the joy.

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20 December 2012 (Germany) See more »

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