“Cendrillon” is a silent film by George Méliès that tells the story of Cinderella. It is amazing to compare the simplicity of the first Cinderella motion picture with the extravagance of the latest version by Disney. It is even more amazing to comprehend that 116 years have passed between the creation of these two films. Like many films by Méliès, this story created an opportunity to experiment with special effects as the Fairy Godmother creates Cinderella’s footmen and turns a pumpkin into a carriage. The final product is very raw but quite incredible within its historical context. A prior knowledge of the Cinderella story is necessary to understand the film, but all of the key elements from the story are present and it is interesting to see these early dance sequences. “Cendrillon” may not successfully compete with modern films in the entertainment category, but it is certainly an important film in the scope of film education.
[Pictured: Cinderella and Fairy Godmother]