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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?

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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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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Country:

France

Release Date:

25 December 1899 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinderella See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (hand-colored)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In 1904, the price per copy made from the original negatives in Paris - 61 dollars 50 cents, the price for a copy of the New York dupe - 53 dollars 50 cents. See more »

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A pretty good adaption of the fairy tale

There was an adaptation of Cinderella all the way back in 1899. Who knew? It's pretty good. So good in fact that I'm going to go ahead and predict that this is going to be a 100x better than the live action version Disney's releasing. Anyway, George Méliès manages to tell the story without cutting anything major out. It has the fairy godmother transforming the mice into knights (I think they were knights) and the pumpkin into a carriage, it has the ball, it has the clock striking midnight, it as the Prince looking for Cinderella, and it has the happy ending we've come to expect from fairy tale adaptations. All that was accomplished way back in 1899. If that isn't amazing, then I don't know what is. The only part I didn't like was the part I didn't understand. It was the part directly after the clock strikes midnight. It had Cinderella in her house with all these old guys dancing around with clocks. I don't know what that was all about, but it doesn't really affect my overall opinion of this short.


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