Tři oříšky pro Popelku

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Tři oříšky pro popelku/Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel
Tre nøtter til Askepott.jpg
DVD cover of the Norwegian version, Tre nøtter til Askepott
Directed by Václav Vorlíček
Produced by Jiří Krejčík
Written by Božena Němcová (story)
František Pavlíček (screenplay)
Starring Libuše Šafránková
Pavel Trávníček
Music by Karel Svoboda
Cinematography Josef Illík
Edited by Miroslav Hájek
Barbara Leuschner
Distributed by Ústřední půjčovna filmů
Release date
November 1, 1973 (Czechoslovakia)
March 8, 1974 (East-Germany)
December 14, 1974 (West-Germany)
Running time
83 min.
Language Czech (Czechoslovakia)
German (Germany)
exhibition about "Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel" in Moritzburg, Germany

Tři oříšky pro Popelku (German: Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel, English: Three Nuts for Cinderella, also known as Three Wishes for Cinderella) is a Czechoslovak/East German fairy-tale film from 1973.

It was directed by Václav Vorlíček in co-production between DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme and Barrandov Studios. The story was based on a fairy tale written by Božena Němcová (a Bohemian variation of the classic Cinderella fairytale). The main roles were played by Libuše Šafránková and Pavel Trávníček. The film was shot at the DEFA studios in Babelsberg (Brandenburg), in the Barrandov studios in Prague, and various places in Bohemia in what was then Czechoslovakia, like the Švihov castle in western Bohemia, and the Bohemian Forest, as well as the Schloss Moritzburg in Saxony.

The film was released in a Czech and a German version. The ensemble was composed of Czech and German actors all speaking their native languages. In the respective editions, they were dubbed to Czech or German. The film had its international première in East Berlin in 1973.

An edited, English dubbed version under the title Three Nuts for Cinderella aired in the United States on the CBS Children's Film Festival in 1974.

The film has become a holiday classic in several European countries. It is shown on TV around Christmas time every year in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Norway, Sweden,[1] sometimes in Ukraine and Russia. This film has likened its status to that held by Frank Capra's 1946 It's a Wonderful Life in the United States as a holiday staple.

Theodor Pištěk designed the costumes for the film.


The film stars Libuše Šafránková as the title character, a young woman who is put upon by her stepmother and stepsister. The film employs a twist, though, when a handsome prince comes knocking. Cinderella does not simply fall into the prince's arms. In this version, he must actively pursue the young woman who is a skilled sharpshooter prone to wearing hunting outfits. Cinderella also has three wishes at her disposal, gained from three magic nuts.


Digital restoration[edit]

With the financial and technical support from Norway and its authorities, the Czech Film Archive and the National Library in Mo i Rana, the film Tři oříšky pro Popelku will be digitalized, restored, and get modern image quality.[2] The project is financed through the EEA and Norway Grants which represent Norway's contribution to social and economic Cohesion in The European Economic Area (EEA). Norway has granted just under 7.5 million NOK for efforts to digitize ten older Czech films. The digitisation was completed by December 2015.[3]


  1. ^ "Tohle jste o pohádce Tři oříšky pro Popelku určitě nevěděli!". TV Prima (in Czech). 
  2. ^ "Press release from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs". Government.no. Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 19 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Norwegian Government. "Tre nøtter til Askepott – før og nå". Norwegian Government. 

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