Friday, June 16, 2006

Waiting for the Other Shoe

Okay, so, I might as well face it: Walt Disney's Cinderella has one of my favorite scenes in cinematography. I know, loopy. But with all the girls in the house, I'm up to my neck in pink - just thank your lucky stars I'm not talking about a Barbie movie again (and there it is - Blast!).

Go on, mock me.

[as Cinderella prepares to try on the slipper]

Grand Duke: Come, my child.
[beckons to the Page Boy, who runs carrying the slipper. The Stepmother sticks out her cane and trips him, causing the slipper to shatter into pieces]

Grand Duke: Oh, no! Oh, no, no, no, no. Oh, this is terrible. The King! What will he say?
[clutches throat]

Grand Duke: What will he DO?

Cinderella: But, perhaps, if it would help . . .

Grand Duke: [sobbing] No, no, nothing can help now. Nothing!

Cinderella: But, you see, I have the other slipper.

I catch my breath every time I see it: All hope is gone. And then it isn't.

4 comments:

alison said...

Scott, That is a lovely moment.

Funny you should post this. I was thinking about fairy tales yesterday (as a Barbie movie played in the background). I was regretting the one dimensionality of the characters; either you are good with the clear moral upper hand or completely evil.

The proud voice of the "good" Barbie character was making me cringe.

Jamie Dawn said...

Oh, I love it too! I have been a Disney movie nut all my life. Bippity-bobbity-boo!

truevyne said...

How come she got to keep the shoe?

mckay said...

ooh, i just got chills :-)