Rapunzel (1978)

About the Film

“Rapunzel” is one of the best known tales collected by the Brothers Grimm. When a witch catches a poor man stealing rapunzel plants from her garden to help his wife, the witch forces him to promise her the child that he and his wife are about to have. When the child reaches the age of twelve, the witch imprisons the girl alone in a high tower. She uses the girl’s long hair to climb up and visit every day. But a young man learns to use the same means in order to visit Rapunzel at night. Discovering this, the witch cuts off Rapunzel’s hair, banishes her, and uses the hair to trick the young man. He is blinded and wanders for many years until he is reunited with Rapunzel and her tears enable him to see again.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Tom Davenport, Mimi Davenport, the distributor, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Tom Davenport, Mimi Davenport
  • Produced by: Tom and Mimi Davenport
  • Cinematographer: Harrison O'Conner, Tom Davenport
  • Editor: Tom Davenport
  • Other Credits: Shaker Songs suggested by Dan Patterson.
  • Funding: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © 1978, Thomas Davenport
  • 14mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Folktales (Adaptations)