A Modern Cinderella (1910)

This Cinderella is up to date. She and her sister Jane receive an invitation to a reception. Jane, selfish and arrogant, is carried away with her own vanity and anticipation of making a "... See full summary »

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Mary Fuller
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Mary Fuller
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This Cinderella is up to date. She and her sister Jane receive an invitation to a reception. Jane, selfish and arrogant, is carried away with her own vanity and anticipation of making a "hit" and being the belle of the evening. Cinderella, her sister, looks at her simple and ordinary drew, which is the best of her limited wardrobe, and says she will have to wear it or stay at home. Jane says she will look like a "frump," and be out of place, anyway. Poor Cinderella decides to remain at home. Mrs. Marvin, an elderly visitor, happens into the room and Cinderella, always kind and thoughtful, makes the old lady comfortable. She is attracted to the display of Jane's finery and asks the reason. Cinderella tells her all about the reception. Mrs. Marvin asks her if she is going, and Cinderella tells her she has nothing to wear and that Jane has advised her to stay at home. The kind old lady comforts her and, assisted by the sweet young girl, leaves the room mentally resolved to have ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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USA

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7 June 1910 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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A Magic of its Own
3 August 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This was one of Mary Fuller's last movies at Vitagraph before she was lured away to Edison, where she would soon remake this title and become a major serial star. I can certainly see why the studios were fighting over her: she is a pretty, lively performer who knows how to act for the camera. She is certainly helped by the interesting conceit of having each actor move at a different pace -- the older ladies are given limps and bunions for their particular speeds.

The story is cut to the bare bones, to deal with the length of a movie in 1910, and there is the usual Amazing Coincidence that certainly speeds up certain aspects of the story -- the "fairy godmother" turns out to be the "Prince's" grandmother and her approval of "Cinderella" stands in for the family's approval of the marriage.

The movie is available for viewing at the National Film Preservation site in a beautiful print, and though I don't wish to badmouth these people who have been doing wonderful work for no charge, it is the first film I have looked at there that seems to have been transferred at the right speed -- most of the others seem to plod. Because I think one should have a musical score for a silent film, I set my iTunes player for Rodger's & Hammerstein's Cinderella.


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