Fairy tales told in the night

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German title Fairy tales told in the night
Original title Сказка, рассказанная ночью
(Skaska, rasskasannaja notschju)
Country of production Soviet Union
original language Russian
Publishing year 1981
length 73 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Irma Rausch
script Igor Feodorov
production Gorky Studio Moscow
music Viktor Kuprewitsch
camera Oleg Runuschkin Alexander Kovalchuk
cut Lyudmila Drozdova

Fairy tales told in the night (alternative title: Die Märchen der Nacht , original title: Russian Сказка, рассказанная ночью , Skaska, rasskasannaja notschju ) is a Soviet fairy tale film by Irma Rausch from 1981. In Germany it was shown on television under the title Die Märchen the night .


The two journeymen Hugo and Edwin wander through the forest at night and see an illuminated hut in the distance. Because they are afraid of nocturnal attacks by robbers and suspect an inn in the hut, they knock. It opens a student who has also sought refuge in the hut with a pharmacist. Both found some food in a cauldron and invite the two journeymen over. Nobody wants to sleep for fear of the band of robbers and so the four decide to tell each other fairy tales. After small stories, the student begins to tell the fairy tale of the charcoal burner Peter.

Peter is poor and desperately wants to get rich. He wants to defeat rich Klaus one day in a game of dice, but he never pays him any attention, and he also wants to marry his girlfriend Ilse, which he has not been able to afford until now. One day Peter meets a good forest man in the forest who, although he cannot give him a sack of gold, gives him a wish that could, for example, make him the best glassblower in the country. However, Peter doesn't want to work. On the beach he meets the evil magician Michel, who offers him lots of gold but wants something in return.

The fairy tale is interrupted when a young countess comes to the hut with her aunt and the coachman. She is on her way to meet her future groom. She is curious to see how the story will continue and the student reports more: Peter exchanges with Michel and gives his heart for a sack full of gold. He can now marry Ilse, but treats her and his fellow men heartlessly. When he refuses to return his boat to a fisherman because the fisherman still owes him, Ilse accuses him of forgetting that he was once as poor as his current subjects. Peter chases them away.

There is a knock on the door of the inn and outside there is a real band of robbers. They want to kidnap the countess and extort money from her fiancé. After a little resistance, Edwin disguises himself as a countess and goes with the student into the hands of the robbers. Both are kidnapped to a windmill and taken to the top floor. Here they are to stay until the fiancé has paid the ransom. In order to avoid boredom, the student continues telling the fairy tale. So Peter has become a heartless person and casts out Ilse when he notices that she always brings food to the poor in the village in the evening. She takes her own life. Peter, who realizes that other people have also received magical abilities from Michel in exchange for their hearts - this is how Klaus always wins at the dice game - but he is the only one who has love in life to win, feels betrayed by Michel. However, he does not undo his act and Peter remains forever bowed in grief.

When the student finishes, the robber feels purified. He now wants to forego the ransom and helps Edwin and the student escape. The three of them come to the groom's castle, Baron Ulrich von Sternberg, who turns out to be a war-loving, strange old man who prefers to have people untied. Edwin finally reveals himself as a man and he, the student and the robber captain are captured. The countess appears in Edwin's clothes, but the baron doesn't believe her. When she wants to bring her aunt into the courtyard, it turns out that the robbers have surrounded the castle and are demanding that the robber captain and countess be released. There is a skirmish, the countess frees the three prisoners and with a heavy heart separates from the student. The three men flee back to the house in the forest, which is empty. A little later, the countess appears, who has decided against the baron and in favor of the student. The robber captain realizes that this can only end in a fairy tale and pulls Edwin away to tell him a real tale of robbers again. It begins with two journeymen who wander through a forest and see an illuminated hut in the distance ...


Fairy tale told in the night is based on Wilhelm Hauff's fairy tale Das kalte Herz and Das Wirtshaus im Spessart , which were interwoven. The film premiered on August 30, 1981 in the Soviet Union and was released in GDR cinemas on July 13, 1982. On November 21, 1982 it ran on DDR-F2 for the first time on East German television. In 1994 he appeared on video . Icestorm released the film on DVD in October 2006 as part of the series The most beautiful fairy tale classics in Russian film history .


Dieter Döring wrote the dialogue for the DEFA dubbing , and Inge Lindner directed it .

role actor Voice actor
college student Igor Kostolewski Detlef Heintze
Robber captain Alexander Lazarev Manfred Heine
Peter Alexander Galibin Thomas Schneider
Michel Alexander Kalyagin Günter Grabbert
pharmacist Rasmi Jabrailov Horst Kempe
countess Mara Swaigsne Sylvia Kuziemski
Edwin Dimitri Kretschetow Peter Reinhardt
Woodman Jüri Järvet Alfred Bohl
Ilse Maja Kirse Elke Wieditz
Klaus Leonid Jarmolnik Hasso Billerbeck
aunt Irina Mursaeva Hildegard Dorow
Hugo Dmitry Kravtsov Hilmar Eichhorn

Differences from the book

The film differs from the original book in several ways. For example, Peter Munk's wife, who is called Lisbeth in the book and who only met Peter after his deal with the Dutch Michel, was slain in anger by her husband. In the end, however, the good glass man brings her back to life, while Munck in the film is left alone and sad after her suicide. Many characters like Peter's mother are left out entirely, the little glass man, shown here as a forest spirit, only appears briefly. The countess and her future husband find each other happily together while in the film they flee from the wedding. While the goldsmith in Hauff's book appears as the main character within the hiking group, in the film this is the student.


The film service called Fairy Tales in the Night tells an “idiosyncratic ... story that is coherent and captivating. Enjoyable entertainment not only for fairy tale lovers. "


  • Das Wirtshaus im Spessart in: Wilhelm Hauff Complete Fairy Tales , Noris Books, Fürth / Bavaria, undated, p. 169 ff.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Information on publication on kinopoisk.ru ; Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  2. a b Fairy tales told in the night. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed December 13, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. Fairy tales told in the night. In: synchronkartei.de. German synchronous index , accessed on December 26, 2017 .