The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella

1976

Action / Adventure / Family / Fantasy / Musical / Romance

27
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 92%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 2125

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Richard Chamberlain as Prince Edward
Annette Crosbie as Fairy Godmother
Kenneth More as Chamberlain
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Edgar Soberon Torchia 4 / 10

Cinderella's Bad Trip

This is a good lesson for filmmakers: if you are going to shoot a movie with songs, do not let your songwriters also write the script, because they would add a song into the story every five or ten pages. The worst part can be if their muse is on vacation or retired. This was the case of this lame version of Cinderella by Bryan Forbes. It is terrible and overlong! I give it a few points for the beautiful Austrian locations and because Forbes, in the last big opportunity that industrial cinema offered him after becoming an "international director", knew the trade and skillfully put the stories on screen, although it is merely academic, without any flight of inspiration. Richard Chamberlain and Gemma Craven look somewhat old for the roles of prince and orphan, poor Edith Evans is used as a clownish little old lady, the art direction seems to be the work of Margaret "Big Eyes" Keane, the choreography by Marc Breaux is mostly routine (and sometimes even ugly, as the dance in the royal mausoleum) and the songs by brothers Robert and Richard Sherman... oh, boy! Far are the days of "Chim Chim Cher-ee", "A Spoonful of Sugar", "Feed the Birds" or "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (which were not wondrous either, but they accompanied very well the adventures of "Mary Poppins") and what we have instead are monotonous concoctions with lyrics about protocol, dead kings or royal weddings. Of the whole thing, I think the best are Annette Crosbie as the Fairy Godmother and Margaret Lockwood as the Stepmother, although you have to be a very bad actor to ruin these two stereotypes. So proceed at your own risk.

Reviewed by calvinnme 8 / 10

A film that actually explains the Cinderella story

Seeing this in widescreen in a nice digital print (VHS can only go so far), made a huge difference for me in appreciating the film, understanding all the jokes, and enjoying the fantastically beautiful costumes and Alpine scenery. always loved the Sherman Brothers songs, especially Protocoligorically Correct (haha, my spellcheck really didn't like that one), but what I've always loved best about this movie is the way it answers all my questions about the Cinderella story period at addresses every issue that I've ever had about Cinderella:

  • why does she put up with her step sisters' and step mother's abuse for so long? They move the funeral to just before the ball so that it seems like she's only putting it up for a little bit until she figures out what to do. you actually see them coming back from the funeral kicking her downstairs.


-why the magic only last till midnight? the Fairy Godmother explains that she had to borrow the magic because she only has a limited Supply that she used up helping Cinderella make the stepsisters gowns.

-why the heck is the prince is allowed to marry some commoner? Well this issue is pretty much the whole movie. My favorite song is one of the things that explains how this whole system is based on royalty marrying other royalty to keep the country strong and avoid war, etc. then they solve the issue at the end in a way that would satisfy politics. One brilliant thing I think is having all the foreshadowings of what is coming politically in the coming centuries. part of this is by setting it in the 1700s, before the various revolutions (which also makes for gorgeous costumes)

There are lots of other questions that this movie solves but basically I think it's one of the better Cinderella movies. I'm glad Rocky was sold out the day my dad went to see it, or he never would have seen this movie by accident and fallen in love with it and passed that love on to me.

Reviewed by moonspinner55 3 / 10

Despite the Sherman Brothers' involvement, the handling is too heavy for whimsical romance

The Cinderella tale retold, this time with as much emphasis on the prince as on the would-be princess. Setting this magical romance among the snow-covered mountains of Austria--in ancient castles with expansive, echoing rooms--and placing its older actors in white wigs and cumbersome costumes, the familiar fairy tale isn't so much transformed as it is embalmed. The chilly milieu is too realistic for a magical romance; Tony Imi's cinematography is coldly bright (with intrusive interior shadows). Working with director Bryan Forbes on the screenplay, songwriters and Disney mainstays Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman probably didn't expect such an impersonal treatment (the project certainly misses the mark of their previous studio); Forbes keeps the camera at such a distance from the merrily crooning actors that all we see are the half-empty rooms they're standing in. Juxtaposing the prince's romance-starved existence with Cinderella's troubles in dealing with her step-family was obviously meant to give Richard Chamberlain the same amount of screen time and substance as his romantic counterpart, but the wealthy royals are an ungodly bore (especially when they're 'dancing'). The picture simply does not look magical, with colors that are muddy or mildewy, and Forbes' stiffly-directed action exudes no personality. None of the Shermans' songs can give the narrative a lift and, instead of happily awaiting for this tale to unfold, one instead becomes anesthetized by the misjudged conception. *1/2 from ****

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