We’ve all had the ‘fairy tales’ phase in our lives. As a matter of fact, there are very few children who must have grown up without listening to these enchanting tales at bedtime. And one of those many tales is that of a beautiful young girl named, Cinderella. Though the story is touted to be 2000-years-old, it still continues to endow young minds with dreams of true love, first kiss and of course, Prince Charming.
With 2015 bringing us yet another adaptation of this classic story, let’s take look back at all the several ventures that breathe life into this fantastical character.
Yes, 1899, that is when it all started – In the era of silent films. Directed by Georges Milies, this adaptation of Cinderella was a major cinematic success!
In 1922, Cinderella was rejuvenated by Lotte Reiniger in the form a musical animated film. It was Disney first adaptation of the well-known story, along with the then famous studio, Laugh-O-Gram.
First Love (1939)
An American musical film starring the late actress, Deanna Durbin and directed by Henry Koster was loosely based on classic tale. The film went on to win several Academy Awards nominations.
Walt Disney successfully revived Cinderella in its 1950’s musical fantasy film. It took the production house two years to make this feature and it was a grand success! Moreover, it catapulted Ilene Woods (the voice of Cinderella) to instant fame! And it doesn’t end there; this animated feature still continues to remain a favorite among the Disney fans!
The Glass Slipper (1955)
In 1955, MGM also adapted the magical tale under the title The Glass Slipper. The film starred Leslie Caron as Cinderella and Michael Wilding as Prince Charming.
Even legendary actress Julie Andrews’s Cinderella – a television musical feature by Rodgers and Hammerstein, turned out to be a huge success.
The Slipper and the Rose (1976)
This British musical adaptation stormed the nation with its brilliant portrayal of the story. So much that, the film was also chosen for the Royal Command Performance (A performance request by the reigning monarch).
Ever After (1998)
This 90’s romantic representation featured the beautiful Drew Barrymore. The actress stole many hearts with her outstanding portrayal of Cinderella. Though the magical elements of the original story were missing, the film was remade with a historical twist to it.
A Cinderella Story (2004)
A modern re-telling of the classic tale starring Hillary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. This romantic, simple and light-hearted teen adaptation just cannot be missed!
And last but not the least, Disney live-action remake of the 1950’s version is all set to hit theatres this week. Though we all are aware about the story, it’s still fascinating enough to excite us! Starring Lily James and Richard Madden in lead roles, we can’t wait to catch this classic romantic fantasy!
There you go; those are some of the many feature presentations of Cinderella. Look how beautifully she has evolved from the era of silent films to big screen ventures. However it seems, people just can’t get over this classic fantasy. With Walt Disney’s 2015 adaptation already a success overseas, it clearly states that some stories are meant to be told forever!