HANSEL UND GRETEL VERLIEFEN SICH IM WALD (1970)
aka THE EROTIC ADVENTURES OF HANSEL AND GRETEL
Article 1991 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-27-2006
Posting Date: 1-24-2007
Directed by Franz Josef Gottlieb
Featuring Dagobert Walter, Francy Fair, Barbara Scott
Hansel wants to sleep with Gretel. Gretel wants to save herself for marriage. The wicked witch wants both of them for herself. A voyeur looks on.
In case anyone thought that GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES FOR ADULTS would mark the end of softcore versions of fairy tales, no such luck. At least Hansel and Gretel are adults in this one. I’m sure that to some people, the translation of a fairy tale into sexual terms comes across as clever, but I’ve always thought that, once you decided to go that route, it ends up being rather thuddingly obvious. Furthermore, in taking that approach with this story, and by making the witch a metaphorical one rather than a literal one, you strip the fantastic content out of the story. If it weren’t for a surreal (but rather dumb) dream sequence and the shot ot a felled tree righting itself (quick, figure out what sexual activity this scene is a “subtle” metaphor for), the movie is devoid of fantastic content. As for enjoying the movie on any alternate level, well, let’s just say that it’s not that funny, all the characters are jerks and there are too many scenes of people sticking their fingers up their noses.