Three stories from the Grimms are presented here, intertwined with a highly fictionalized look at the lives of the brothers, Wilhelm (Harvey) and Jacob (Boehm). Early in the 1800s, the brothers are asked to write the family history of their employer, a tyrannical Duke (Oscar Homolka). They istead write a series of fairy tales, starting with "The
Dancing Princess," in which princess Mimieux confounds her father, the king (Backus), by wearing out one pair of slippers a day. The king hires a woodsman, Tamblyn, to trail the princess, who dances with the gypsies, and eventually Tamblyn and Mimieux fall in love. "The Cobbler and the Elves" stars
Harvey as an aged cobbler...