The Story of my life: a film about Hans Andersen

Denmark, 1955

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The life of Hans Christian Andersen. The son of a poor cobbler, he becomes Denmark’s national poet. The film reveals the strange childhood from which he derived the whimsy and fantasy of his fairy tales. As a boy of fourteen, he went to Copenhagen, bent on achieving fame in one way or another. He failed to impress the theatrical producers but obtained a scholarship from the King of Denmark. Soon he was writing short stories, plays, poems, novels and fairy tales.



Erik Witte

Jorgen Roos

production company

Dansk Kulturfilm

Teknisk Film






Black and White

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Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Biographical films

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Copenhagen (Denmark)



Documentary → Documentary films - Denmark

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Literature → Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875

Literature → Authors - Biography

Literature → Children's literature

Literature → Fairy tales

Literature → Literature

Literature → Poetry

Literature → Short stories

Magic, Occult & Supernatural → Fairy tales

People → Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875

People → Authors - Biography

People → Biographical films

Places → Copenhagen (Denmark)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Denmark




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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