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With: Libuse Safránková, Pavel Trávnicek, Carola Braunbock, Rolf Hoppe, Karin Lesch, Dana Hlavácová, Jan Libícek, Vítezslav Jandák, Jaroslav Drbohlav, Vladimír Mensík, Jaroslava Zelenková, Míla Mysl�ková, Helena Ruzicková, Jan Sus, Milos Vavruska
Written by: Frantisek Pavlicek, Bozena Nemcová
Directed by: Václav Vorlícek
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Czech, German with English subtitles
Running Time: 75
Date: 03/19/2013

Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Glass Shoe Diaries

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Facets has released the very charming Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973, Facets, $19.95) on DVD. This odd Czech version of the famous story is warmly compelling right from the start. It moves fast and doesn't contain any musical numbers, and it combines a nice sense of humor with a sense of wonder. But most of the film's success comes from the lovely and charming actress Libuse Safr�nkov� as Cinderella. Instead of talking mice, this time she gets three magic acorns, which, once cracked provide disguises for her -- as well as her magnificent ball gown. Facets' DVD comes in a crisp full-screen transfer with scratches and flaws in the film stock still evident. The subtitles are not the greatest, and at one point they unintentionally serve up a dirty double-entendre.

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