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Magic Book (Zauberbuch, Das)

Magic Book
Scene from "The Magic Book"

The kingdom where John III rules is a powerful and happy land because there is a valuable object in the King's treasure chamber - a magic purse. This magic purse can conjure up any amount of gold ducats if one whispers the right magic formula to it. So begins the fairy-tale story of what can happen when wisdom and love come up against stupidity, greed and spitefulness. This treasure is stolen by the mighty witch Irrfriede, but Irrfriede has a handicap; she has forgotten how to cast spells. She tries all kinds of disguises to tease the secret magic formula out of the King. The King is not the only one filled with utmost consternation when the purse is stolen, for this means that his daughter is now an impoverished princess and will have real problems finding a prince for a husband. After Irrfriede is found guilty of the theft, it is decided that the King's daughter should marry a foreign prince, something that she is not at all happy about. Wealth and happiness look as if they will rule each other out ... but, finally, there is an amazing happy end.

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 1995
Director Vaclav Vorlicek
Screenplay Milos Macourek
Cinematography Rudolf Blahacek
Dalibor Lipski, Ingrid Wolff
Petr Hapka
Cast Max Tidolf, Tina Ruland, Mahulena Bocanova, Kurt Weinzierl, Uwe Ochsenknecht
Producer Karel Dirka
Production Company ART-OKO Film/Munich, in co-production with Degeto Film, Rebbeca Film/Prag
Length 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor MFA Film, Munich

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