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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister 

A look at the classic "Cinderella" story from the perspective of one of her 'ugly' stepsisters

Director:

Gavin Millar

Writers:

Gregory Maguire (novel), Gene Quintano (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Margarethe Fisher Van Den Meer
Azura Skye ... Iris Fisher
Trudie Styler ... Fortune Teller
Emma Poole ... Ruth Fisher
Jenna Harrison ... Clara Van Den Meer
Jonathan Pryce ... Master Schoenmacker
Matthew Goode ... Casper
David Westhead ... Van Den Meer
Malcolm Tierney ... Van Stolk
Mark Dexter ... The Prince
Helen Lindsay ... Dowager Queen Maria de Medici
Janine Horsburgh Janine Horsburgh ... The Tutor
Ann Overstall Comfort Ann Overstall Comfort ... Dame Pruyn (as Anne Comfort)
Chris Bearne ... Doctor
Pieter Riemens Pieter Riemens ... Merchant
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In this variation on Cinderella, Margarethe Fisher Van Den Meer is a former lady of means who had to accept a position as housekeeper, but manages to spike her Master Schoenmacker's drink and marry him; alas his shipment of priceless tulips turns worthless overnight, so their last chance is to marry of one of either's daughters, hopefully to the prince for whom the Dowager Queen Maria de Medici throws a great ball. Both Iris Fisher -who is in love with painter Casper for whose master she sat as a model- and Clara Van Den Meer make a good impression... Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

Canada | Luxembourg

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confessions See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A decent take on Cinderella, but it could be a lot better
22 December 2008 | by jayunderscorezeroSee all my reviews

In many ways a neat adaptation, but the whole thing is marred by a blunt , utilitarian script (characters may as well introduce themselves by listing their name, occupation and role that they're about to play in the story) that could perhaps have been saved by some truly spectacular acting and directing, but sadly that's not on display here.

This also features a rather weird eleventh-hour introduction of magic into what had up until then been a realist piece. The finale is also very abrupt (an unfortunate carry-over from the novel, though) and seems to miss the apparent moral: that it's Clara's act of charity that finally makes her truly beautiful.

Decent and certainly watchable, but still, I hope that Wicked receives a better treatment when it is ultimately adapted.


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