End Of The Week Shorts #20 extract: Cinderella (1950)
A perfect movie, one that has always been one of my absolute favourites, Cinderella is probably the greatest fairy tale put to film.
Understanding that most fairy tales, Cinderella in particularly, use archetypes and psychological projections (consider the use of animals that represent people in this narrative), a tension between reality and perception becomes evident. This phenomena is often labelled "romanticism", but, whatever you may call it, Cinderella manages the implications of both inner and outer realities perfectly, bringing to life one of the purest stories about hope and dreams. By utilising the psychological defiance and maturation of its protagonist, this film then makes a case for "and they lived happily ever after" as a realistic statement; if you grow into the highest ideal version of yourself, it would not be inconceivable that you could manifest for yourself a "happily ever after".
Whilst there is so much more to be said in respects to how these ideas are actually presented in the narrative, this is what makes Cinderella such a brilliant movie beyond all of its cinematic magic that most will recognise as children.