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Cinderella From The San Francisco Ballet (1985) DVD

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Cinderella From The San Francisco Ballet (1985)


 Evelyn CisnerosJim HensonFrank Oz

MAGIC effects are scattered throughout ''San Francisco Ballet in 'Cinderella,' '' a ''Dance in America'' holiday special that aired as part of the Great Performances series. A puff of smoke transforms an ancient, ugly hag into a beautiful fairy. The hag disappears up the chimney of a cavernous fireplace in which a fire burns. The fairy flies up and across a night sky. A giant totters about the stage. But the greatest magic of this fairy-tale production, set to the haunting Prokofiev score, is its complete suitability for both adults and children. Directed by Michael Smuin and Emile Ardolino, ''San Francisco Ballet in 'Cinderella' '' is a fine introduction to ballet for the youngest members of the family and offers enough imaginative dancing, well performed, to satisfy the adult balletomane. Toddlers may need a little explanation here and there. But the ballet tells its story clearly, with a minimum of confusing frills. The humor is broad but never veers into slapstick. And Cinderella and her prince are a very attractive and believable pair of teen-aged lovers.

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  1. so happy to find it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Feb 24th 2018

    I have been looking for a copy of this for years. Thank you!

  2. Great 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jun 21st 2016

    I had this on VHS and loved it. So nice to find it on DVD. The production is wonderful and Evelyn Cisneros is charming as Cinderella. SF Ballet is a high quality company and should not be underestimated in the ballet world.

  3. Ecstatic! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Apr 6th 2016

    I have been looking for this ballet for a while. This is considered a classic in my family, and I am transported to my childhood when I watch it. Excellent quality (for 1985 TV!!) and love the 80s "digital mastering".

  4. San Francisco Ballet Cinderella 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Apr 28th 2015

    Was SO pleased to find this on DVD; had taped it off the TV years ago, but the VHS tape wore out. It is a delightful performance, and the two ugly stepsisters nearly steal the show! Great staging, great dancing, and the choreography is clever and makes the most of Prokofiev's music. The quality of the DVD was very good; very clear visually. It is a delight to be able to watch this production again.

  5. Just what I was looking for! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Feb 7th 2015

    Did think this particular ballet was still available on DVD. Thank you for having it available.

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