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Fairytale: A True Story [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Paul McGann, Florence Hoath, Elizabeth Earl, Harvey Keitel, Jason Salkey
  • Directors: Charles Sturridge
  • Writers: Albert Ash, Ernie Contreras, Tom McLoughlin
  • Producers: Albert Ash, Bruce Davey, Margaret French-Isaac, Paul Tucker
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHQR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
It's not very often that we see a children's film that so effortlessly captures the spirit of imagination while also steering clear of mawkish sentiment and clumsy moralising, but this film achieves all this and much more.
Children will love the story about two young girls who fool so many silly grown-ups into believing that fairies really do exist.
Adults will appreciate the film even further for the clever allegory that it offers us. The charming innocence of the girls is a snapshot of the innocence and naivety of Britain itself as it happily strolled into the slaughter house that was World War One, convinced that it "would all be over by christmas". The images that the film gives us of cynical, exhausted troops, many horribly wounded, coming back from the front line say more about the futility and anguish of war than any number of over-blown Vietnam-fests.
This is a remarkable film, beautifully acted to a literate and intelligent script. Your kids will love it and so will you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julia Stone on 30 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
This delightful film was coincidentally released in the same year as Photographing Fairies Photographing Fairies. While the latter was made for an adult audience, this is definitely geared towards children. The coincidence of the simultaneous releases is due partly to the final departure (from old age) of the two fairy spotters: the cousins Elsie and Frances.

This film adheres closely to the actual historical incidents that began in 1917, at a time when parents, bereaved of loved ones due to the 1st World War, were seeking solace in the occult, and the possibility that fairies might be true. This explains why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle became convinced of the appearance of the fairies to the two girls. (Around this time JM Barrie was scripting Peter Pan, and Rudyard Kipling was writing Puck of Pook Hill).

A full account of the actual events can be read in Joe Cooper's Book The Case of the Cottingley Fairies and a comparison between this film and others about fairies can be found in Andrew Musgrave's book about Children In Films Make-Believe Horror & the Supernatural (Children in Films).

Elizabeth Earl is particularly charming as eight-year-old Frances, the girl who believed in fairies to her dying day, and her racing into father's arms is as tear-inducing as Jenny Aguter's in The Railway Children.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Mar 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Having a definite interest in the occult, and having been disappointed in earlier attempts to portray this genre ("GHOST" excepted), I watched this mainly because I had heard of the events of 1917 it re-enacts, and believed this to be a largely documentary-oriented film which would tell me the full story. Wow! I was soon enlightened! I have rarely seen a film wholly lacking (for me) any element I would rather have missed. Acting, filming, special effects (how wonderful to see them UNDER-stated for a change) and screenplay were brought together by a director of very fine judgement, and a remarkable score framed the whole to perfection. The humourous element, also, was neither too heavy nor too slight as to be noticed. This is the best film I have seen since "Love Story", in the way it lacked any hint of either obscure subtlety, blatant obviousness or that worn-out device - "Dramatic Effect". It was, in a word: "Romantic". Hooray! Recommended for all kids and their grand-children.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Wallace on 12 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
As old as I am I enjoyed this film with my granddaughters and was captivated by the magic. I revisited my childhood innocence as I watched the smiles on the children's faces light up. A warm family portrayal of a hoax borne from two little girls from England, who wanted to keep the magic of fairy land alive, in today's society we have many dreams dashed, re-visit your inner child and re-live that childhood dream of fairies and queens, goblins and kings!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By dreamsunderyourfeet on 14 Dec 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is not simply a movie for kids, it works on too many levels to be pinned down to one age group. I found this film both sensitive and beautiful. Capturing and holding onto a childs perspective and innocence. For me this was particularly interesting since I have heard so many stories regarding fairys and the association of them around those that are very ill or close to death. Also, the fact the I grew up with my parents telling me about the legend of these two girls and their photo's of fairys. So to see it finally put to film was very interesting indeed. Fortunately (no offence to any Americans) it has retained its very British roots and stayed pretty faithful to the story I grew up with.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emma Rose Caulfield on 6 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
A story of the magic of a medium, long lost in the throws of our digital and cynical age. If you love photography, this will please your every sense, particularly the scene in the darkroom under the stairs, where the story is revealed by a ray of sunlight !!!! Absolutely beautiful !!!

Why isn't this film available new ?????
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