Where to see “Three Nuts for Cinderella”.
For many, the film “Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella” is simply part of winter and Christmas. In fact, there are now two films with this title and the same plot – but interpreted very differently.
Even though everyone spends their Christmas differently, of course, there are still some films that for many simply belong to the cold, cozy season. And “Three Nuts for Cinderella” is without a doubt one of them. The fairytale film from 1973 runs all over the place on TV at Christmas and is not only very popular in Germany. Reason enough for a remake, which is why a remake of the material was released in 2021. Where can you see the films and which one has more of a winter wonderland vibe?
Cinderella – one of the most famous fabrics in the world
“Three Nuts for Cinderella” is based on the Czech fairy tale “O Popelce”, which is very similar to our German “Cinderella”. The fabric is one of the most taken up in the world. A young, kind-hearted woman grows up with a cruel stepmother while preserving her good qualities and is therefore rewarded with a prince. However, the way to get there differs from story to story.
In the classic Grimmian version, Cinderella is lucky enough to meet a fairy godmother who allows her to go to the royal ball. This fairy godmother appears in films in many different forms. In Cinderella Story (2004) with Hilary Duff, it is her boss who has her back and lends her a dress. Selena Gomez gets help from her best friend in Another Cinderella Story (2008). In The Glass Slipper (1955), starring Leslie Caron, the fairy disguises herself as a quirky neighbor. And finally, in “Forever and Ever” (1998) with Drew Barrymore, Leonardo da Vinci personally ensures that the young woman can go to the ball.
“Three hazelnuts for Cinderella”, on the other hand, does not require any fairy at all. Magically here are three mystery nuts that contain multiple disguises. In both films this is a hunting robe and a ball gown. The popular film adaptation from the 70s gives Cinderella a fairytale wedding dress at the end so that she can ride across the snow-covered steppes with her prince. In the remake, the three hazelnuts aren’t quite as generous. The young woman gets nothing with the third nut and has to learn in such a way that in the end it all depends on her alone.
Two movies, two Cinderellas
Of course, the main character is particularly important for such a fairy tale film, in this case Cinderella. In the Czech-German film adaptation from 1973, Libuše Šafránková played the title heroine. The then 19-year-old actress was fresh out of drama school and reportedly landed the role because she could ride a horse bareback.
After that, she was seen in other fairytale film adaptations, including “The Little Mermaid” (1976) and “Prince and Evening Star” (1978). However, Šafránková never saw the remake of the film that made her famous because she died of lung cancer in the summer of 2021.
In the more recent film, Cinderella is embodied by singer Astrid Smeplass. She became known in 2013 for the Norwegian version of “Pop Idol”. Visually, the Norwegian is a completely different type than Šafránková, and the two versions of Cinderella also differ significantly in terms of costumes. This is primarily due to the production countries: the remake in particular stands out quite clearly from the original due to the Nordic setting.
That’s what the reviews say
A very clear picture emerges from the relevant rating portals, above all IMDb. There, the film from 1973 has a very good rating of 7.7. The remake, on the other hand, only gets 5.9, which is still quite decent. The film was particularly well received in the production country Norway. Critics praise the fact that, apart from a few details interpreted in a more contemporary way, such as the role of the stepsister or a homosexual relationship, the original was kept. Incidentally, “Three Nuts for Cinderella” with Šafránková as the title heroine was also praised for its progressive portrayal of the protagonist right at the time of publication.
“In fact, I’m a huge fan of the Cinderella movie from the ’70s. For me, the film is part of every Christmas celebration and the wonderful, catchy soundtrack can be found in every one of my winter playlists. The fact that the protagonist does not suffer her fate in silence, but rides around in the forest, goes hunting, climbs a tree in a matter of seconds and throws snowballs at princes, has had a lasting effect on my image of fairytale princesses. So I was very happy that this tenor was included in the remake. Even if the ratings for the film are quite subdued, I think it’s definitely worth seeing. Especially at Christmas, Netflix is always inundated with shallow romantic comedies, so the new Cinderella with its beautiful landscapes and costumes really stands out.” – Marlene Polywka, editor
Where can you see “Three Nuts for Cinderella”?
The 1973 film will return to public television over the holiday season. That’s why the Christmas classic is also available free of charge in the ARD media library. You can also watch the film for free within the subscription on Netflix and Magenta TV. You can also rent or buy “Three Nuts for Cinderella” from other streaming services such as Prime Video or Apple TV.
The film adaptation from 2021 ran in Germany as an Amazon Original from the start. The film can currently be seen for free on the associated Freevee service.
Where to see “Three Nuts for Cinderella”.