Grimm Cinderella

This is an amateur video of the Grimm version of Cinderella, and the only attempt to put the violence on film that I could find.


About Elisabeth Gruner

English professor, University of Richmond
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One Response to Grimm Cinderella

  1. Emily Marsch says:

    This is a Cinderella story because it is, no doubt, an attempt at portraying the Grimm’s version of “Aschenputtel,” which we read several weeks ago. Although the clip obviously left out a lot of detail since it’s only 2.5 minutes long, it contains some key aspects of many Cinderella stories (“Aschenputtel” in particular):
    -the heroine sleeping by the fireplace and being covered with ashes
    -the heroine visiting her mother’s grave
    -the hazel tree
    -the dove (who gives the heroine a gown for the ball)
    -a ball, where the heroine dances with the prince
    -the heroine loses one of her shoes on the palace steps
    -the heroine’s stepsister tries on the shoe; the stepmother slices off her toes so her foot will fit in the shoe
    -the dove alerts the prince that he has the wrong girl
    -the prince and the heroine are together at last
    -the birds peck out the stepsisters’ eyes

    Like you said, Staci, this is one of the only attempts to include the violence that you were able to find. I think this short clip is able to “get away with” showing the violence of cutting off the toes and pecking out the eyes because the clip is not even close to seeming realistic, what with the dolls, the lack of dialogue, and the absence of blood, so the violence comes across as more humorous than gruesome.

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