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Released in the U.S. as Cinderella (1966), one of a small handful of films distributed by Barry Yellen's Childhood Productions in 1966, each a hastily dubbed U.S. premiere of a foreign language film, including Snow White and Rose Red (1955) ginal title: Schneeweisschin und Rosenrot], The Big Bad Wolf (1957) ginal title: The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats] and The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (1966). All of the English song scores were released as original sound track albums on RCA Camden Records, long out-of-print vinyl releases that command high prices today. See more »
I probably would never have come across this charming European-filmed interpretation of the classic children's tale, had not I picked it up for 50 cents at a local school fete many years ago (long pre-VHS format...yep, I'm THAT old!) thinking my (then) five year old daughter would take it to her heart. To tell the truth, I had the hots for Cinderella myself ever since my mom first read me the tale, when I was but knee-high to a hula-hoop!.....some unresolved issue with bare feet, my analyst suggests!
Just over an hour or so in running time, this "Cinderella goes Hans Christian Anderson" is no threat to a child's attention-span and is the epitome of tastefulness. Only problem being that this particular version was so amateurishly dubbed, I think the school selling it must have done it themselves! Still, five year olds aren't fussy....the girls are pretty (especially Nowotny as Cindy), the Prince handsome and the costumes suitably colorful. Director Genschow himself plays Cinderella's father and Milton Delugg turns in a worthwhile musical score.
MOULIN ROUGE it ain't, but you know, I'd rather watch Cinderella than Ms Kidman any day of the week, even in out-of-sync English!
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