When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara's belief that "every girl's a princess" is tested to the limit, however, when word comes that her father was killed in action and his estate has been seized by the British government.Written by
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As Sarah rides down the street at the film's conclusion, the name of one of the stores on the street is A.C. Blomquist & Co. Alan C. Blomquist was the executive producer of the film. See more »
When Sara is explaining to Lottie about the angels, a microphone is clearly visible above them. See more »
[after Sara makes up her own ending for the class's bedtime story]
What are you doing?
I couldn't bear to see Charlotte marry that awful man, so I imagined a different ending.
You imagined it?
Don't you ever do that, Miss Minchin? Believe in something just to make it seem real?
I suppose that's rather easy for a child who has everything.
[announcing to the rest of the class]
And now from now on, there will be no more 'make believe' at this school during reading hour or at any other time....
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THis is a wonderful children's film full of fascinating adult tensions. The reactionary assumptions of the source material remain - the upper class are jolly nice and paternalistic; the bourgeoisie (represented by Eleanor Bron) are grasping, slave-owning monsters; India is not a massive subcontinent rife with internal and anti-colonial divisions, but a bright fantasy world of escape from reality - but the film is full of darkness unusual for such a film: apartheid, child abuse, poverty, the disruptive, harrowing effects of war, the absence of parents. In this way, the film's style, veering between fantasy and expressionistic 'realism' is impressive. The social order may be restored, but the film is full of heartening little revolutions: its ultimate message is, look HARDER.
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