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In a small pleasant European village, there is one unhappy person: Ella. She is despised by everyone, and mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. Out feeling miserable one day, Ella meets a handsome young man, who falls for her. He is really Prince Charles, the son of the Duke, but he tells her he is the son of the cook, and invites her to a great ball at the Duke's castle. A strange woman who lives in the mountains by herself befriends Ella, and dresses her up so she can attend the ball. She goes, and is a great success, but must run out at midnight. In her haste, she drops a single glass slipper. The Prince uses the slipper to find her.Written by
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Yet another retelling of "Cinderella"...but this time it's Leslie Caron and MGM
Leslie Caron was the perfect choice to play Cinderella, a scruffy, rebellious girl living with her step-mother and step-sisters, "not quite a servant and not quite a member of the family". Caron reunites here with much of the team from her best movie "Lili", and if the results are not quite as memorable it may be because the story has been exhausted. Still, director Charles Walters paces it carefully (some may say sluggishly) and keeps the outré magic of the tale to a minimum. The droll observation/narration is dryly amusing and the step-family isn't overly nasty to Caron (they treat her more like a black sheep than a housemaid). The MGM production is modest, but the cast is all quite colorful and the musical direction and balletic fantasy sequences are very good. Lovely, a bit tepid, but sweet and simple. **1/2 from ****
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