Three Nuts for Cinderella

Life changes dramatically for Popelka when the chauffeur gives her three magical hazelnuts.

Tři oříšky pro Popelku
Germany, Czechoslovakia 1973
  • English
75 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

A royal prince and heir shows little interest in politics or marriage, so his royal parents stage a ball to find a (somewhat) suitable match. His (junior) Highness prefers prancing at the hunt in fields and woods with his courtier buddies. He goes hunting and is fascinated by a mysterious cocky youth crossbow-sharpshooter who keeps outclassing them in tree-climbing – and keeps eluding his royal party. It turns out to be tomboy Popelka (Cinderella), whose stepmother shares nothing of the inheritance with her and has reduced her to being an unpaid servant at the lucrative estate manor. Cinderella’s clo­sest friend is her father’s stallion, who helps her greatly, as do the wishes granted by three magical hazelnuts. When her stepmother and stepsisters cruelly crush her hopes to attend or at least watch the ball, she manages to intrude veiled and is followed how by the prince, who can’t resist such an atypical hunt.

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Director: Václav Vorlíček
Based on: Božena Němcová
Screenplay: František Pavlíček, Václav Vorlíček
Cinematography: Josef Illík
Music: Karel Svoboda
Sound: František Fabián, Gerhard Ribbeck
Editing: Miroslav Hájek, Barbara Leuschner
Production Design: Oldřich Bosák, Alfred Thomalla
Producer: Jiří Krejčí, Heinz Herrmann
Costumes: Theodor Pištěk ml.
Cast: Libuše Šafránková, Pavel Trávníček, Carola Braunbock, Rolf Hoppe, Karin Lesch, Dana Hlaváčová, Jan Libíček, Vítězslav Jandák
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.