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The Soldier's Tale

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Summary
A soldier, returning from the wars, sits beside a sunlit pool and plays his violin. The music attracts the attention of the Devil, in the guise of a butterfly collector, who asks for the violin. The soldier refuses and the Devil offers a book of riches in exchange. The soldier accepts, but the Devil finds he cannot play the violin and persuades the soldier to give him lessons in his splendid mansion.. On returning to his native village, the soldier is treated like a forbidding stranger. Friends disappear behind shuttered windows: his mother screams at the sight of him: his betrothed, married to another, hugs her children close to her as if to protect them from an unknown evil.. The soldier has only his book of riches and in time grows ‘rich as rich can be’, Wealth brings him no joy, however, and he longs to lose what he has gained so that he can re-gain what he has lost. Only when he has tricked the Devil into taking his last money away does he win himself a wife, a princess into the bargain, and find happiness again.. But the Devil, who has deceived him time after time, appearing as a gipsy woman, a former fellow soldier, a country gentleman, has sown seeds of discontent which, in the end, lead the soldier irrevocably to Hell..
Release Date
1964
Run Time
50 min.
Language
In English
Notes
  • In Process Record.
  • Title from title frames.
  • Film
Published
British Home Entertainment, 1964.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2016.
Recording Info
Originally produced by British Home Entertainment in 1964.
Publisher no.
1221025 Kanopy
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1 online resource (streaming video file) (50 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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