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Cinderella (1997)

Cinderella chafes under the cruelty of her wicked stepmother and her evil stepsisters, until her Fairy Godmother steps in to change her life for one unforgettable night. At the ball, she falls for handsome Prince Christopher, whose parents, King Maximillian and Queen Constantina, are anxious for him to find a suitable paramour.
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Lynn Asare
June 19, 2022
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Dreams Come True in the Color-Blind Casting of Cinderella (1997)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997) provides its audience with the classic tale of Cinderella, the beloved music of the titular duo, and a color-blind world where Prince Charming is Asian, the King and Queen are an interracial couple, and Cinderella is a dark-skinned, Black woman. Yet, does this film’s choice of color-blind casting have unintentional ramifications? I watched this movie on VHS non-stop as a kid. In fact, it was the first version of Cinderella I had ever seen. I excitedly talked about my favorite songs from Cinderella to my friends. Not recognizing the song, they would be confused. When I raved over the comedic relief of Lionel, the prince’s right-hand man, you'd have sworn he never existed by their cluelessness. But I have always argued that this film was the Cinderella, and everything else was based on this film. This was the first romance I remembered watching,  the first time I recognized romantic love, and that I wanted it. I was in awe of Brandy and Paolo Montalban's (Prince Christopher) chemistry. It was how they spoke to one another. How they looked into each other’s eyes as if it was the last time they’d ever see each other again. This movie made me want to fall in love.  I went through all of elementary school thinking that I, as a dark-skinned, Black girl with braids, could fall in love just as my Cinderella had.  Then a reality all-too-common in are color obsessed world hit. My world was crushed when, I asked out a white boy in 4th grade and he told me he “doesn't like poop-colored girls.” I realized that Rodgers' & Hammerstein's Cinderella wasn’t just a fairytale, it's a Black girl's fairytale. It was a fantasy world where the undeniable beauty of Black girls and women was celebrated and beloved. This movie, sadly, did not represent real life for all Black girls. I wondered if my being loved wasn’t real life either.
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Cinderella chafes under the cruelty of her wicked stepmother and her evil stepsisters, until her Fairy Godmother steps in to change her life for one unforgettable night. At the ball, she falls for handsome Prince Christopher, whose parents, King Maximillian and Queen Constantina, are anxious for him to find a suitable paramour.

Rating:G
Genre:TV Movie, Family, Fantasy, Music, Romance
Directed By:Robert Iscove
Written By:
In Theaters:11/2/1997
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Runtime:88 minutes
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures, Citadel Entertainment, Storyline Entertainment, BrownHouse Productions

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