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Firebird (Feuervogel, Der)


A mortal battle is being waged for Princess Elena. Three powerful men have asked for her hand: the magician Skeleton has kidnapped her to make her his wife by force. Her lover Prince Afron has to undergo dangerous adventures to free her from the claws of the magician. But he has scarcely freed Elena than he is murdered by his rival, Prince Wolf. However, Elena and Afron are still able to celebrate a happy end: Afron has the good witch Jadwiga on his side, who snatches him from the realm of death with her water of life.

Vaclav Vorlicek was born in Prague in 1930. He attended the film school FAMU in his native city from 1951-1956. After completing his studies, he worked for the Barrandov Film Studios as a director and inventor of stories, since making over 30 children's films and comedies. His films include: Das Fallen des Blaettchens (1959), Wer will Jessie umbringen? (1969), Sie sind Witwe, mein Herr! (1972), Das Maedchen auf dem Besenstiel (1973), Drei Nuesse fuer Aschenbroedel (1974), Die Maerchenbraut (TV series, 1980), Die Rueckkehr der Maerchenbraut (TV series, 1994), Magic Book (Das Zauberbuch, 1995), and Firebird (Der Feuervogel, 1996).
Category Feature
Year of Production 1997
Director Vaclav Vorlicek
Screenplay Vaclav Vorlicek, Milos Macourek
Cinematography Rudolf Blahacek
Dalibor Lipski
Ondrej Soukup
Cast Tina Ruland, Horst Buchholz, Manou Lubowski, Karel Roden
Producer Karel Dirka
Production Company ART-OKO Film/Munich, in co-production with In Film Praha/Prague
Length 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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