Tam Lin (1985)
Listed in Worldcat with description " Retells an old Scottish fairy tale that describes Princess Jenny's rescue of her true love Tamlin from the spell of the Fairy Queen.". Author Michael Korolenko described it on his site as "electric folk operetta,". The film was produced with a grant from the Jerome Foundation. It was never commercially released.
The movie is a short film, running at roughly 15 minutes length.
Type: Fantasy setting
The characters are depicted in gowns and veils, ride horses, and the interior scenes depict kitchen staff roasting food over an open fire. No historical details are given to specify time period, but the setting is clearly pre-industrial revolution.
Magic is depicted as an accepted part of life; when the knight figure disappears from the chessboard, Jenny and her maidens are concerned, but not shocked. When they go to consult with the sorceress, they accept both her ability to summon information from a crystal ball and her advice without question. Although the Fairy Queen initially disguises herself, the other sprites and figures present make no attempt at concealment, and it can be assumed that within this film, their presences is already known.
Some portions of the film use animation to depict supernatural acts, such as the transformation sequences and the disappearances of the Fairy Queen.
Tam Lin in the movie
Music composed by Paul Kovit. Lyrics by Galen Brandt. The film is a musical and uses lyrics written for the movie. The music is evocative of other known recordings of Tam Lin and clearly draws from those traditions, but is overall is an original creation. No separate recording exists.
No clips from this film are presently available online.
Added to site October 2014