For those who like old fashioned operetta, here's a new one!
Angelina, er Cinderella (Christianne Tisdale) has lost her beloved mother. Her father, a rich merchant, marries again, a woman with two daughters. Set in Venice, the new wife is not merely evil, she is a bonafide witch who has cast a spell on her new husband. As a consequence, he does not see the harsh treatment rendered to his own daughter by her new relatives. Between snatches of song, Cinderella meets a man with a mask one day. He sings tenderly and even wipes the ashes off Cinderella's face, touching her deeply. But, in a minute, she is gone and he knows nothing of her, except her beautiful voice. Therefore, a ball must be arranged and hopefully, she will turn up. Will things go as planned? This is the old story, made into an operetta. The fairy godmother and main male servant to the prince are delightfully funny while the prince and Cinderella are beautiful of face and voice. Dancing and singing reign throughout and the happy ending comes at last. Older children might watch some of it but the film, though aimed at youngsters, is not really made for them. The perfect audience would be middle agers or older adults who delight in lavish theater productions. If that's up your alley, take a stroll down the Venetian street where the story takes place and you will be under its enchantment.
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