A young woman forced into servitude by her family gets more than she bargained for when her fairy godmother magically permits her to go to the royal ball.

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A meek, mild Baron, with one motherless daughter, married again, and his second choice was an unlucky one. For not only did the woman browbeat her husband and make his life unhappy, but she beat and ill-treated poor little Cinderella, and made her a servant. The cruel stepmother had two daughters of her own, who were given every luxury, and they aided their mother to make the life of their stepsister very sad indeed. The King's son gave a grand ball, and the Baron and his family were among the invited guests. But when Cinderella wanted to go, she was cuffed and jeered at, and told that she must stay in the kitchen, her proper place, so the stepmother said. Little Cinderella helped the others to get ready for their night of enjoyment, and then sat in the kitchen alone in her rags. Really no one could blame her if she cried. Fortunately for the poor child she had a Fairy Godmother, but up to this time she had never been in evidence. But the Fairy Godmother, who had been keeping an eye ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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22 December 1911 (USA)  »

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Cute early adaptation
16 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm with user planktonrules on this short: this is a charming early film rendition of the Cinderella story with pleasing costumes, special effects, and locales.

The main attraction is Florence La Badie as the titular character, whose classic beauty and pluckiness make her stand out from the rest of the cast. It's a shame her film career would be cut short by a fatal car accident six years afterward. Like the ill-fated starlets Martha Mansfield and Olive Thomas after her, early cinema geeks are left wondering what could have been.

One thing I loved was how few inter titles were used. Unless you're from another planet, you're likely to be familiar with the Cinderella story, especially the Perrault variation, which is what the filmmakers based their version off of. Extra titles would have felt unnecessary, at least in my opinion.

Overall, this 1911 Cinderella is good stuff and worthy viewing for the student or fan of early film.


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