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Sandy Powell’s Costume Designs for the 2015 Cinderella Are Dazzling

“Sandy Powell, who won Oscars for her costumes for The Young Victoria, Mrs. Henderson Presents, and The Aviator, recalls ‘One of the very first things I did in my research [for Cinderella] was investigate setting it in different periods.  The … Continue reading

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Kenneth Branagh Is Director of the 2015 Cinderella

“As a director, Branagh has made an array of notable films, from the pastoral version of Much Ado About Nothing to the blockbuster action hit Thor, before coming on to Cinderella.  All the filmmakers share an enthusiasm for Branagh’s intensity, … Continue reading

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The Stepsisters in 2015 Cinderella

“For the stepmother’s spoiled daughters, the filmmakes decided to keep the names the Disney artists had invented:  Anastasia and Drisella (spelled with an “s” as opposed to a “z” as it had been for the 1950 fillm).  But they insisted … Continue reading

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In the 2015 Cinderella, Richard Madden Plays the Part of Prince Charming

“When it came time to cast the prince, Branagh, who has played clashing heroes from Benedick and Hamlet to Sir Ernest Shackleton, had definite ideas about how to flesh-out the character.  ‘We make him a pragmatic realist in a messily … Continue reading

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Helena Bonham Carter is the Fairy Godmother in the 2015 Live-Action Cinderella

“Helena Bonham Carter has played the romantic Lucy Honeychurch in A Room With a View,  Bellatrix LeStrange in the Harry Potter films, and Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. … Continue reading

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2015 Cinderella Is More Than A Girl Who Is Saved by A Prince – Cinderella Is Saved by Her Own Integrity and Inner Strength

In recent years, critics have criticized the fairytale of Cinderella, saying that it is an unkind myth that teaches females that they themselves are weak and that they must hope for a “Prince” to save them.  The 2015 live-action film … Continue reading

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2015 Live-Action Disney Cinderella Develops More Fully the Child Ella, Her Family, and the Prince

“Everyone involved in Cinderella was eager to retell the well-loved story.  But inevitably questions arose about how to present the fairy tale in a away that would appeal to modern audiences while retaining the elements that made it a favorite … Continue reading

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