Rapunzel : Children’s Workshop & Film @ Barbican : Framed Film Club : (PG) : 26 Jan :11am

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Originally called Saturday Morning Pictures, the club treated 1984 audiences to titles such as Born Free (1966), Superman II (1980) and The Wizard of Oz (1939). Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the programme expanded to include international festivals and special preview events, including one of the first ever UK screenings of Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride(1987).

From this September 2012, Saturday morning Family Film Club will become Framed Film Club and will continue to screen the latest and greatest films from all over the world, including at least three shorts programmes a year especially selected for our family audiences.

Once a month, Framed Film Club Extra will give young people the opportunity to explore film through all of the art forms on offer at the Barbican, with high-quality participatory arts activities.

Before each film there is a short introduction and the opportunity to sing happy-birthday to any audience members’ big day.


For the keen fairy-tale lovers, there is the opportunity to arrive early at 10am and create your own film soundtrack to perform.

RAPUNZEL the film : Saturday 16 Jan : 11am

Tickets £2 Book here

Just so you’re aware, this film is not the Disney Tangled version in any form, this is the RAPUNZEL directed by Bodo Furmeisen (2009). It is loosely based on the German fairy tale “Rapunzel” in the collection of folk tales published by the Brothers Grimm.

In my limited time, and role as film researcher for this post, I can’t actually find out too much about this film or the director, as my German is worse than my  holiday Spanish (though I know it is 58 mins long!), but I like to think, that in true Barbican style, it will be an entertaining, and engaging experience.

Here is a precis of the screen play I found on the Goethe Institute website :

Director: Bodo Fürneisen, colour, 58 min., 2009

After taking Rapunzel away from her biological parents, the sorceress keeps her trapped in a tower for years. The sorceress has since become the girl’s sole caretaker. Whenever she wants to see her, she cries: “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!”, and Rapunzel rolls down her long hair to hoist her up to the tower. One day, the prince observes this. And, after climbing up to Rapunzel on her metre-long hair, he falls in love with the beautiful young woman.

Many fairytales deal with primal human fears. This is one reason why so many fairy tale motifs are similar and repetitive. In Rapunzel, Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, the theme is, first of all, the unfulfilled desire to have children; until, that is, after years of longing, the longed-for daughter appears. The fear of losing a parent is addressed, as well as the process of children becoming independent on their path to adulthood. The fact that parents have to let go of their children one day is depicted at the end of this tale.