Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Little Princess (Film)

A Little Princes, 1995
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron

Summary: Sara Crewe is going to boarding school as her father goes off to war.  While there, she shakes the establishment up. Then comes news that her father is dead and his assets have been seized; because of this, Sara is now a poor orphan forced to work at the school she formerly attended.  But she maintains her belief that all girls are princesses which helps her keep up her spirits.

Thoughts: I watched this because my friend loves it and I had only seen it the once a long time ago.  I remembered the story but not all of the specific details. It was also great watching with her because she laughed at all my silly comments.  One serious comment though is that her father goes to serve England in WWI as it's 1914.  They arrive in New York and we see another guy going off to serve.  But America didn't enter until 1917.  Are we supposed to believe that guy is British? Because there are no indications of that.  There were a couple of other incidents (race is blipped 1914 America-come on; latex balloons appear) but that was the most egregious.

There were some very cute scenes and it made me a bit teary-eyed at the end.  I don't think I've read the book but after skimming the internet, it seems that there were a lot of changes and I'm not sure I'd like it as much.


  1. I haven't read the book, but I keep promising myself that I will. *sigh* Great movie review. I didn't know about this movie. The flaws bug me, someone didn't check up on history it seems. But if it got you teary-eyed, then I'll give it a chance one day because I just love to get teary-eyed over a movie.

  2. Oh, this movie makes me teary-eyed every time, especially during the hug scene at the end. I remember reading about the plot on Wikipedia and coming away with the same thoughts you did--that I didn't really want to read the original. Good catch on the balloons--I missed that.

    And yes, the father is supposed to be British, but he has an American wife, which is why Sarah is sent to her mother's school.


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