Film Month: Ever After - A Cinderella Story and Other Cinderellas

Ever After - A Cinderella Story keeps getting mentioned in the discussions about fairy tale films this month, but it hasn't been discussed itself. One commenter even called it a guilty pleasure. I don't consider it a guilty pleasure but an authentic one. In truth, it is one of the few Cinderella films I have been able to watch repeatedly although I haven't seen it in years. But this month's film theme has made me consider a rewatch sometime soon. (Maybe I will if I tire of watching New Tricks anytime soon. Which I doubt since I have only watched two seasons and have six more to go. Thank goodness. My tv viewing time is limited and I like to be entertained.)

Yes, the film is flawed, but it is watchable and makes Cinderella admirable for modern sensibilities. Leonardo Da Vinci as the fairy godmother character has always been fun for me. And his portrait that is reworked for the film was on a wall in our house when I was a very young child so I was sentimentally drawn to it, too.) I remember going to see it out of curiosity touched with dread but being entertained and walking out happy overall.

So what are your favorite film versions of Cinderella? Mine are Slipper and the Rose, the Julie Andrews version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella and Ever After. Yes, I am able to rewatch the Disney on occasion, but it is not among my preferred Disney fairy tales.



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