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Faerie Tale Theatre - The Emperor's New Clothes [VHS]

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  • Actors: Dick Shawn, Art Carney, Alan Arkin, Clive Revill, Barrie Ingham
  • Directors: Peter Medak
  • Writers: Hans Christian Andersen, Mark Curtiss, Rod Ash
  • Producers: Bridget Terry, Fred Fuchs, Sandra Pearson, Shelley Duvall
  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: Foxvideo
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301599551
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,708 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I'll admit it: For years, I was bored to tears by this Faerie Tale Theatre adaptation. I was a child during the run of Faerie Tale Theatre on Showtime, and "The Emperor's New Clothes" does not easily lend itself to a child's appreciation. It has been only recently that I've discovered how subversively satirical this adaptation can be.

With a solid cast led by Dick Shawn, Alan Arkin, and Art Carney, it tells the story of a vain clotheshorse emperor who is duped by two conmen into believing that they can make beautiful clothes out of literal thin air. The particular strength of this show is in the contrast between absurd wealth and the average citizenry, and the script does an excellent job of balancing the opposing commentary one makes on the other. Above being a simple political satire, the production makes a broader statement on the extent of human vanity, and the ironic temptation to make oneself a fool rather than be thought to be one.

Also featuring Clive Revill, I've come to realize that Faerie Tale Theatre's "The Emperor's New Clothes" is a very good dry comedy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 8, 2004
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THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES is an altogether fine entry in the FAERIE TALE THEATRE series.

Alan Arkin and Art Carney stars as the con-artists who fool a vain and ruthless Emperor (Dick Shawn) into believing that they can create the most exquisite of clothes that are invisible to those who are foolish or unworthy. Legendary British songstress Georgia Brown co-stars as a wise innkeeper.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan T on August 21, 2012
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I have watched this video at least six times. Each time I see something more in it. Dick Shawn- who plays the fashion crazy emperor- simply steals the show. It is the type of short film you like to watch when you want a good laugh and not have to think too hard. My kids also have enjoyed it because it is really a very funny film. I highly recommend this production.
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