Fairy Tales for Adults – Film Team
Ever After: A Cinderella Story, 1998 (Available on Amazon Prime, Youtube)
A cinematically beautiful retelling of the timeless classic. This film tells a more adult story of Cinderella, named Danielle in the film (Drew Barrymore) that goes beyond the Disney classic, tying in The Brothers Grimm and inventor-artist Leonardo Da Vinci (Patrick Godfrey). The film is told in flashback, as the wealthy Grande Dame (Jeanne moreau) tells the story of Danielle having to overcome the oppression of her step mother (Anjelica Huston), to win the hand of the prince (Dougray Scott). Rated PG-13.
La Belle et La Bête, 1946 (AVAILABLE ON Amazon Prime, Kanopy)
This film will make you understand why Jean Cocteau is one of the most celebrated French directors of all time. Imagery from this classic film (the human arm candelabras for example) is still regularly referenced in cinema today, as this dark tale began to pave the way for big budget films after World War II. Starring French Cinema royalty, Jean Marais as the Beast and Josette Day as Belle.
The Princess Bride, 1987 (Available on Amazon Prime, Disney+)
While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him the story of Westley, a farmboy-turned-pirate (Cary Elwes) who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love, Buttercup (Robin Wright). Sprinkled with twists and turns and a great cast including Billy Crystal, André the Giant, Wallace Shawn, Carol Kane and more. Rated PG.
Les Visiteurs, 1993 (Available on Youtube)