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If the Slipper Fits

Cinderella gets the update she deserves.

Mar 18, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 26 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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From “In My Own Little Corner” (Cinderella’s private testament) to the jaunty and exciting “Impossible” (when the Fairy Godmother transforms Cinderella and the animals) to the ball dance called “A Lovely Night” to the gorgeous love ballad “Ten Minutes Ago,” and the hilarious “Stepsisters’ Lament,” the songs are all as glorious as you remember them from your first viewing 55 years ago, or 45 years ago, or 20 years ago, or whenever.

And when the delightful actress Laura Osnes simply turns to the side and, in the spectacular costuming of the old wizard William Ivey Long, instantly trades a scullery maid’s clothes for a glittering white gown, the cause of the enduring bewitchment of this tale, with origins as far back as Herodotus, is revealed. Cinderella is a tale not of beauty within, but of beauty without. The clothes make the girl. And anyone, even someone who feels ugly and ungainly and unloved, can become beautiful. All it takes are the dress and the shoes.

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.

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