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Cinderella Review: Disneys LiveThe Cinderella story, codified by Charles Perrault as Cendrillon in 1697, has been a movie staple since the beginning of the medium. That prime cinemagician Georges Mlis conjured up a Cendrillon in 1899, employing trick photography to turn a rabbit into a footman, rats into coachmen and a pumpkin into a carriage. The role was played in 1914 by Mary Pickford, the movies first star actress, and, in a gender-bending switch, by Jerry Lewis in the 1960 CinderFella. Julie Andrews graced Rodgers and Hammersteins 1957 TV musical version, remade in 1966 with Lesley Ann Warren and in 1997 with Brandy. Drew Barrymore brought feminist spark to Ever After: A Cinderella Story in 1998; Anne Hathaway endured ogres and snakes in the 2006 Ella Enchanted. A few months ago, in Into the Woods, Anna Kendricks Cinderella found to her chagrin what happe

ns after happy ever after. But if the Cinderella fable has an owner and chief curator, its Walt Disney. Of the hundreds of movie versions, his 1950 animated feature is the most popular and best remembered. All these decades later, the studio expects only good luck from the Friday-the-13th release of a lavish live-action version directed by Kenneth Branagh, adapted by Chris Weitz and starring Lily James as Cinderella and Cate Blanchett as the stepmother Lady Tremaine. Most of the industry touts are forecasting at least a $60-million opening in North American theaters. Related Stories    Ent

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Walts earlier days as a cartoon producer. He was just a kid when he made his first Cinderella as a Laugh-O-Gram in his Kanas City studio. The movie premiered on Dec. 6, 1922, the day after Walt turned 21 the same age as his invaluable pal Ub Iwerks, who

animated and directed the movie (and, later, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, Steamboat Willie). Running a brisk 7 min. 23 sec., Disneys first Cinderella is the old fable transplanted to the Jazz Age, with physical comedy trumping dreamy romance. The plucky orphan, whose only friend was a cat, gets bossed around by two lazy and homely step sisters but no wicked stepmother. The Prince, a wonderful fellow whose only friend is his little white dog, is first shown hunting bears by shooting them in the butt (early Disney is a trove of ass gags). The Prince schedules a ball, for Friday the 13th, but Cinderellas stepsisters say she cant go. A crone-like Fairy Godmother shows up to give the girl a snazzy flapper gown and change a trash can (not a pumpkin) into a Model T; the black cat is her chauffeur. Its love at first sight for the Prince; they dance the night away to the strains of a Paul Whiteman-like jazz band. At midnight Cinderella flees, leaving her glass slipper. The chase is on; the Prince finds her and embraces her, as his dog does her cat. And they lived happily ever after. The 1950 version was the st

udios first full animated feature since Bambi eight years earlier, and it rescued the Mouse House from near-bankruptcy. Cherished for the hit songs A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes and Bibidi-Bobbidi-Boo, it is also the least faithful to its source. About half of the 1hr. 14min. movie is devoted to the shenanigans of the heroines closest companions, a quartet of talking mice, and their slapstick battles with Lady Tremaines obnoxious cat Lucifer. The feline role reversal from the 1922 cartoon may have been Disneys attempt to mimic the Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry cartoons, which won five Oscars for Best Animated Short between 1943 and 1948 the very prize Walt had previously monopolized with 10 wins between 1932 and 1942. Get The Brief. Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. Thank you! For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters. If you don't get the confirmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder. The Prince is virtually AWOL in the 1950 movie; he doesnt appear until two-thirds of the way through and speaks only a few words. (In the duet So This Is Love, his singing voice is supplied by future talk-show host Mike Douglas.) He is mainly a pawn in the machinations of his temperamental father the King and a fussy Grand Duke. The big drama is again with the critters: Will the mice Jaq and Gus will be able to lug a key up to the attic that imprisons Cinderella? Whatever its appeal to many generations of children, this is one Disney feature that today looks coarse and ill-conceived. The latest version proves that third times the charm, with a Cinderella that is not revisionist but plain old visionist. In the recent Disney tradition of live-action film spun off from classic cartoon features after Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland in 2010 and, last year, the Angelina Jolie Maleficent, from Sleeping Beauty this Cinderella plays it straight and pretty. Make that gorgeous: the settings by Dante Ferretti and the gowns by Sandy Powell (each with three Oscar wins) turn the film into a fantasy land that is its own theme park. Even the attic to which Jamess Ella is consigned by Blanchetts Lady T. is less a Tower of Terror than an airy aerie. First, though, the movie has to kill off Ellas loving parents, with the ruthless efficiency that Disney perfected in such early features as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi. Ellas mother (Hayley Atwell) succumbs to the sort of genteel movie disease that deprives her of life but not of luster, instructing the child to Have courage and be kind. Father (Ben Chaplin), hoping to give Ella another mother and two new sisters her own age, marries the widow Tremaine, then dies while on a business trip. In short order, we see that Tremaine is no lady; she spits out her stepdaughters name as a cruel, cackling curse. Spotlight Story Kobe Bryant Had a Singular Impact on His Game and the World Bryant died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday, along with his daughter Gianna Tremaine has demoted Ella to charwoman in the service of the Ladys sullen, stupid daughters Anastasia (Holiday Grainger) and Drizella (Sophie McShera). When the King (Derek Jacobi) invites every maiden to a ball at which the Prince (Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark on Game of Thrones) will choose his bride, Ella is left at home, finding transportation as well as transformation courtesy of her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). Ella leaves a glass slipper fit for a princess bride. Prince meets commoner, and the rest is fantasy.  Less a remake of the 1950 movie than a sensible correction, the Branagh Cinderella does without the old hit tunes or new any ones. Though it often seems ready to burst into song, it doesnt, instead relying on Patrick Doyles sumptuous, nonstop score. It also reduces the mice, now CGI critters, to minor characters; Cinderella chats with them but they dont talk back, content to await their roles as pumpkin-coach horses when the fairy godmother, in Bonham Carters mildly campy approximation, materializes. The movies only nod to modernity is in the casting of Afro-Brit Nonso Anozie (Xaro Xhoan Daxos on Game of Thrones) as the Princes stalwart Captain of the Guards. Like Jolie in Maleficent, Blanchett gets top billing here. She ea

rns it by radiating a hauteur that chills as it amuses; the performance is grand without skirting parody. The movie doesnt rehabilitate Lady T., as Maleficent did for its sorceress. (In Disneys 1950s Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, both the Stepmother and Maleficent were voiced by Eleanor Audley.) But it does allow its star to sizzle as Cate the Blanch-ificent. Blanchetts Tremaine is the prisoner of her personality, parrying Cinderellas aghast How could you? with a vitriolic and poignant How could I not? Behind her sadism is the sad awareness that her stepchild has all the grac

es her daughters lack. Her only blessing is that she finds an ally in the venal Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgrd), as adept as palace intrigue as Lady T. is at domestic iniquity. Perhaps these meanies should star in a sour sequel: Sinned- or Chagrined-erella. Related  Entertainment Joker's Rise to Oscar Dominance Is Not an Underdog Story—But That Narrative Sure Helped Get It There  The wicked stepmother gets a suitable antagonist i

n James, who plays Lady Rose on Downton Abbey as a figure of whim and rebellion: flirting with a black jazzman, marrying a Jewish lord. Her blond hair framing subversive dark eyebrows, James creates a Cinderella that is both classic and modern, the sculptor of her destiny.

This Cinderella neednt wait for the royal ball to dazzle the Prince; she meets him earlier as an equal, on horseback in the forest, with neither knowing the others identity and persuades him to spare a stag he was hunting. He knows instantly he must marry the girl, who has been true to her mothers last words: she is courageous and kind. As expansive and well-scrubbed as any of the floors the heroine is obliged to scour, this PG-rated treat rekindles the old Disney magic in a ballroom dance of two strangers becoming lovers. It mixes romance and a measure of droll wit without ever evoking the dread phrase rom-c0m. Doing it the old way has paid off for the studio. Nearly a century after that black-and-white cartoon short, and 65 years after a classic animated feature that missed the mark, Disney finally got Cinderella right for now and, happily, ever after.  See Cinderella Through the Years   Silent film star Mary Pickford in Cinderella, 1914

Paramount 2020年70期跑狗随便说说 Ilene Woods as the voice of Disney's iconic Cinderella, 1950 Disney

Julie Andrews in a TV special of Rodgers Hammerstein's Cinderella, 1957 Everett  Lesley Ann Warren in another TV special of Rodgers Hammerstein's Cinderella, 1965 Everett Brandy Norwood in yet another TV version of Rodgers Hammerstein's Cinderella, 1997 ABC   Drew Barrymore in Ever After: A Cinderella Story, based loosely on the fairy tale, 1998 20th Century Fox  Anne Hathaway in Ella Enchanted, inspired by the fairy tale, 2004 Buena Vista Amy Sedaris (second from left) as Cinderella in Shrek the Third, 2007 DreamWorks Jessy Schram as Cinderella in ABC's Once Upon a Time, 2011 Sergei Bachlakov—ABC/Getty Images Anna Kendrick as Cinderella in Into the Woods, 2014 Peter Mountain—Disney  Lily James as our modern Cinderella, 2015 Jonathan Olley—Disney 1 of 11

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