Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

danny kaye musicalThis film borrows the lighthearted music from The Court Jester, the imagination from Walter Mitty, and literally nothing from Samuel L. Jackson.

 

The film opens with this beautiful introduction: “This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about this great spinner of fairy tales.” — which, of course, is a nice way of saying this movie is a diabolical web of lies.

So yes, perfect for your children!

OK, the portrayal may be fictional, but Hans Christian Andersen is still a good flick. It was nominated for six Academy Awards and was a smash success when it was released.

The film stars an actor I never talk about named Danny Kaye.* While not his typical goofball film, Danny is still fun to watch. The movie also stars Farley Granger (I remember him from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope) and a ballet dancer named Zizi Jeanmairre. And personally, I think Zizi is just zi right one for zi part. (See what I did there? Did you catch it? That’s what we call a “zizinger.”)

hans christian andersen musical*This statement is an outright lie.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: This movie contains an unhealthy amount of dream sequences. Proceed with caution. And don’t get mad at me if you get bored.

Hans Christian Andersen tells the story of a man who used his wonderful imagination to tell stories to children, teaching true principles in a fun and entertaining way.

As the movie progresses, however, Hans begins using that imagination to fantasize about running off with a married woman, slowly losing his grip on reality.

Our imaginations are gifts from God that can be powerful instruments for blessing our own lives and the lives of others. Like all good gifts, however, our thoughts can be twisted into tools that will destroy us in the end if not bridled.

Beware of the temptation to linger in fictional realities. Fantasies of the mind, be they sexual or otherwise, are not as harmless as they seem. A mind dedicated to alternate realities is a mind blurred to wise decisions.

Remember, the thought is father to the deed. Are your thoughts taking you to the place you really want to go?

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” — Philippians 4:8

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