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The Little Princess (1917)

 -  Drama  -  11 November 1917 (USA)
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Little Sara Crewe is placed in a boarding school by her father when he goes off to war, but he does not understand that the headmistress is a cruel, spiteful woman who makes life miserable ... See full summary »

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Little Sara Crewe is placed in a boarding school by her father when he goes off to war, but he does not understand that the headmistress is a cruel, spiteful woman who makes life miserable for Sara. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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This was the first screen adaptation of the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This adaptation came seventeen years after the novel was published. See more »

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Remade as Principessina (1943) See more »

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Some lovely moments, needed tighter script
24 May 2003 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

This version of A Little Princess has some very fine moments, particularly when little Sarah is saying goodbye to her beloved father, but it would have been much better with a tighter script and more character development among the children at the school.

There is a story dream sequence in India which takes up a big chunk of this movie which I considered superfluous and unnecessary. That time would have been much better utilized showing more in-depth interaction between Sarah and her special friends at the school, and her relationship with her adversaries, and the maid, Becky. The ending also comes upon the film too quickly, with hardly any time devoted to showing the real suffering that the character of Sarah Crewe endured.

The DVD version has a pleasant piano score that complements the film very well. All in all a nice film, but the later versions of this story on film, even Shirley Temple's, which took quite a few liberties with the original story, are more enjoyable, especially the most faithful adaptation, the 1986 Wonderworks version starring lovely Amelia Shankley.


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