In this Golden Globe-nominated mix of live action, animation and puppetry, the story of the fairy tale-writing Grimm brothers — played by Laurence Harvey and Karlheinz Böhm — frames three of their fanciful tales.
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The film is granted a repireve from its lifeless mise-en-scene and thoroughly odd direction (cinerama has never looked so utterly wrong) from a few moments from Laurence Harvey. His final line is majestic; the disappointment in his voice when he sees that the academy hasn't recognized their fairy tale collecting is absurdly tragic. It's not just that the film doesn't earn these moments, it doesn't even want them.