This Cinderella is up to date. She and her sister Jane receive an invitation to a reception. Jane, selfish and arrogant, is carried away with her own vanity and anticipation of making a "... See full summary »

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This Cinderella is up to date. She and her sister Jane receive an invitation to a reception. Jane, selfish and arrogant, is carried away with her own vanity and anticipation of making a "hit" and being the belle of the evening. Cinderella, her sister, looks at her simple and ordinary drew, which is the best of her limited wardrobe, and says she will have to wear it or stay at home. Jane says she will look like a "frump," and be out of place, anyway. Poor Cinderella decides to remain at home. Mrs. Marvin, an elderly visitor, happens into the room and Cinderella, always kind and thoughtful, makes the old lady comfortable. She is attracted to the display of Jane's finery and asks the reason. Cinderella tells her all about the reception. Mrs. Marvin asks her if she is going, and Cinderella tells her she has nothing to wear and that Jane has advised her to stay at home. The kind old lady comforts her and, assisted by the sweet young girl, leaves the room mentally resolved to have ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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7 June 1910 (USA)  »

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While a bit dated, it's still very sweet
30 July 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"A Modern Cinderella" is a re-telling of the traditional story. However, in the update quite a few changes have been made. For example, there is no step-mother--just the nasty step-sister.

When the film begins, the action is a bit vague. It does improve as it goes, but exactly what's happening in the beginning is hard to follow. However, you soon see that Cinderella is less a slave but more the nice lady whose life is dictated by her selfish step-sister. For example, you see the step-sister throwing tantrums and feeling very upset when Cinderella shows up to the party. But, the real odd character was the lady who ran the boarding house. She behaves much like the fairy godmother--and waves her arm and can about like she's performing magic--though it appears she's just buying a nice costume for Cinderella to wear!

All in all, a very good film. The only negative for me was seeing her 'Prince Charming' kissing the shoe and thinking of her--I think the guy has some creepy sort of fetish! Still, quite enjoyable and well made for 1910.


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