Sixty years on: Has Cinderella on film got trapped in The Valley of the Dolls?
I rather enjoyed the new live action Disney Cinderella. We're reviewing it on Front Row on Monday Mar 23rd. But the issues raised here still stand. Imagine Cinderella as a anti social tomboy with cropped black hair who acts well, just a bit too weird..actually unlikeable. Imagine that when she's transformed for the ball, her dark exotic beauty means the palace guests all think she's an Egyptian princess; like, actually, North African. Now imagine the fairy god mother is the mad old village tramp lady that everyone avoids. This isn't PC gone mad. MGM actually made this film The Glass Slipper in 1955 with one of its brightest new stars, the young Leslie Caron. That was five years after the Disney animated version. Since childhood Ella has been boasting to everyone about how one day she'll live in the palace. Compared to her beautiful, elegant feminine stepsisters this girl is well, frankly emotionally disturbed. You can see why in this 1950s retro Europa, the village all feel it's quite
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