Thursday, September 01, 2005

Guilty Pleasure - The Slipper and the Rose

I adore this film. Richard Chamberlain as Prince Edward is dashing and quite a competent singer and dancer. Gemma Craven as Cinderalla is wonderful - a beautiful voice, good actress. And the supporting cast is great as well.

The story is derived from Perrault's version of Cinderella, supposedly the original. The music was written by Robert and Richard Sherman. The Slipper and Rose waltz scene at the ball is one of the most romantic dance scenes I've ever seen. And the Craven's songs are hauntingly beautiful. The two big dance numbers involving the corps de ballet are a bit long, and I usually fast forward through those.

What I love about this is that you see much more of Prince Edward's problems as well as Cinderella's issues. Then, they are reunited but are soon turn apart because of politics. This leads to a wonderful finale.

If you love fairy tales, musicals, and costume drama, then you must see this movie. It's was filmed in Austria, so it has a realistic feel - no cardboard sets.


Rinda Elliott said...

I haven't seen any of these so far. The last Chuck Norris movie I saw had me laughing so hard, I couldn't stand it. He drove a buried vehicle out of the ground! What's up with that?


Kelli McBride said...

You've never seen Slipper and the Rose??????

And Firewalker is so campy and fun, you've got to see it.

I don't remember the buried vehicle movie. Hmmm.

Rinda Elliott said...

Let's see. Norris was a U.S. Marshal and a real badass. He has a teenage daughter who is out with her boyfriend who gets killed. Norris goes to a barbecue or horse races or something and falls for the bad guy's girl-- I think the bad guy was Grasshopper. Norris's friend gets killed, he gets captured, they bury him IN HIS VEHICLE and he bursts out of the ground in a cascade of manly dirt. Oh yeah, I think he was holding a beer at the time. Gets daughter, girlfriend is killed, he ends up alone as always. Bah.

Sorry, never seen Slipper, Sahara but I've probably seen the Norris movie. My hubby used to watch them all.

Rinda Elliott said...

Serious grammar issues today.