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Cinderella (1899)

Cendrillon (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Fantasy | 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?

Director:

Georges Méliès (uncredited)
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Short | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Release Date:

25 December 1899 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinderella See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Georges Méliès,Star-Film See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (hand-colored)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Albert E. Smith claimed that this was the first foreign film to be acquired by an American company (his company, Vitagraph). Release prints were bought in France for $100 a piece and brought to the US, where a team of workers set about hand coloring every frame. According to Smith, colorizing a film was not attempted again by Vitagraph because it caused too much eye strain for their workers. See more »

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Cinderella
28 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Cinderella (1899)

*** (out of 4)

aka Cendrillon

The poor Cinderella gets a visit from her fairy godmother but the fun ends at midnight. There were earlier versions of this classic story but who better to bring it to life than George Melies? Melies brings his normal magic to the film and the special effects are pretty good. The highlight of the film is during the beginning when the godmother shows up and for a brief second we get some hand colored sequences. The coloring here is a lot better than what we've seen from this period. Since the film only runs five minutes not all of the story gets shown but the director does a good job at filling the screen with all the high points of the story. This certainly isn't as good as the 1914 version with Mary Pickford but it's still a winner.


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