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Cinderella (1899)

Cendrillon (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Family | 25 December 1899 (USA)
A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out?


Georges Méliès (uncredited)




Credited cast:
Mlle Barral ... Cinderella
Bleuette Bernon Bleuette Bernon ... The Fairy Godmother
Carmelli Carmelli ... Prince Charming (as Carmely)
Jehanne d'Alcy Jehanne d'Alcy ... Fairy Godmother (as Jeanne d'Alcy)
Dupeyron Dupeyron ... Party Guest (as Depeyrou)


This George Méliès' extraordinary fairy-tale film adaptation of author Charles Perrault's "Cendrillon", is considered to be the first film to use a dissolve transition in-between scenes. With the use of twenty masterly coloured engravings by Gustave Doré to illustrate the storyline's interchanging scenes, the director portrays Cinderella's well-known story, as the Fairy Godmother works her magic, transforming a poor and ragged girl to a fine aristocratic Lady at the King's Ball. In less than seven minutes, everything is here: from the magnificent magical carriage and the jealous sisters, to the noble Prince Charming and the dainty slipper. Of course, here too, time is of the essence. Written by Nick Riganas

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Bibbety Bobbety Boo
13 March 2008 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is the earliest surviving of Melies super-productions -- the best known one, of course, is his Trip to the Moon -- and the story begins right where Melies can strut his stuff with the appearance of the Fairy Godmother. Some of the earliest sequences are beautifully hand-tinted.

Of greater technical interest is Melies' experimentation with film grammar: he uses a fade to get from Cinderella's garret to the ball. And of course, there are lots of his combinations of stage and film magic, as mice are transformed into footmen, pumpkins appear out of nowhere and the fairy godmother leaves by being lowered into the stage. Tremendous fun and far more watchable than any other version through the 1920s.

This is one of the many previously lost or infrequently seen Melies pictures that have been made available by Serge Bromberg, David Shepherd and a myriad of other hands in the newly issued DVD set GEORGES MELIES: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA. Required viewing for anyone interested in the history of movies ..... and a lot of fun.

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25 December 1899 (USA) See more »

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