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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Cinderella with a French Twist?

"For you know that I myself am a labyrinth, where one easily gets lost"
-Charles Perrault

The story of Cinderella, or Cendrillon was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697, in the Histoires ou contes du temps passé.  As an iconic children's classic, it has cemented its place in the hearts of little children everywhere.  (Obviously, such a fashionable fairytale would have French origins!)

Why is this particular story line,  so timeless, and relatable to the hearts of all? Do we all share feelings of inadequacy and unjust oppression, that never seems rewarded?
 Do we hope for that magic moment, when someone will come to the rescue, and bare gifts of beautiful clothes, furniture, a castle, and love? 
Now imagine its happy ending was twisted, resulting in regretful consequences caused by disillusionment. What would you do?

Cinderella, is a magical story of self adoration, but lacking in any real life lessons. If you were to take this classic, give it a cheeky french twist, you would have short story,
"The Necklace" (La Parure), by Guy de Maupassant.

"The Necklace", published nearly 200 years after Cinderella, in 1884, was written by French writer, Guy de Maupassant. Famous for his twist endings, and use of irony, he took general themes of Cinderella, and questioned the concept of "happily ever after".

Inspired by this very fashionable story, I have created my very first Silent Film.
Please check it out on TALKFASHION TV  !

Click here if you would like to read the English translation of  the original short story, "The Necklace" Guy de Maupassant .


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