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DFI Cinema Under the Stars

/ Feature Narrative / United States of America / 1950 / 74 min / Colour / Bluray
In English / Arabic subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

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Walt Disney Studios’ ‘Cinderella’ is considered one of the best American animated films of all time – rightly so, given its enduring musical charm, brilliant use of Technicolor technology and, of course, its tale of the hard-done-by young woman with a heart of gold who wins over the gallant prince. The film has remained in the hearts and minds of all who have seen it in the more than six decades since its release.

Cinderella’s costumes play a significant role throughout the film – indeed, the plot turns on the magical glass slippers that she wears to the royal ball. Consider, however, the outfit she dresses in at the film’s outset. On the one hand, its simplicity signifies the station she has been reduced to by her evil stepmother, while at the same time it introduces us to her many animal friends, all of whom will be instrumental in returning her to her rightful position.

But it is Cinderella’s glowing ball gown, conjured up thanks to the bibbidy-bobbidy-boo of her Fairy Godmother that truly steals the runway. Of course, it is Cinderella’s good nature that captures the love of the Prince – but it is hard to imagine that glamorous dress didn’t contribute to catching his attention.

‘Cinderella’ was responsible for reversing Disney’s fortunes – the company was nearly bankrupt in the early post-war period – and was nominated for three Academy Awards.

We encourage you to come dressed as your favourite Disney Prince or Princess

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