Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister [Gregory Maguire] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Editorial Reviews. Review. Gregory Maguire’s chilling, wonderful retelling of Cinderella is a study in contrasts. Love and hate, beauty and ugliness, . The inspired concept of Maguire’s praised debut, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, was not a fluke. Here he presents an equally.

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

To dismiss the movie as a politically correct gloss-over is a mistake. Detractors of everything Mickey have been crying foul for years regarding the subtext of some of its kidpix, which supposedly reinforce notions of beauty as goodness and ugliness as evil, among other things.

Production designer Roger Hall works the stepsjster magic needed in the film with his immaculate set in Luxembourg standing in for 17th-century Holland.

Girls 10 and older will not only understand but appreciate the sentiments.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister – Wikipedia

The story begins as Iris Azura Skye and her sister Ruth Emma Poole flee England in distress as their mother, Margarethe Stockard Channinghas once again gotten the family into trouble with her constant conniving; back in Holland, Margarethe soon returns to scheming. The family is befriended by the Master Jonathan Prycea talented painter of modest means. When he is commissioned to paint a picture of Clara Van Der Meer Jenna Harrisonthe daughter of a widowed tulip merchant, Margarethe seizes the opportunity to move up in society.


Iris is hired to tutor Clara, who due to her sheltered life has become demanding and unsociable. Once again, it is a slipper that determines whom the Prince shall marry, but not until everyone has broken free of their socially predetermined positions.

Iris, cofessions first dismissed as plain, finds her own strength and beauty and, ggegory the help of the Master, discovers a love of art. Clara, tired of being merely an object of beauty, breaks free of her fears and becomes a functioning member of society.

Even Margarethe learns a lesson in humility. To that end, Channing is a marvel as Margarethe, carefully straddling the line between resilient and reviled.

“The Wonderful World of Disney” Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (TV Episode ) – IMDb

Her performance generates more empathy than the stepmother as usually depicted. Skye is far too beguiling to be considered plain, let alone ugly, but she does a wonderful job of empowering Iris. Similarly, Harrison has big slippers to fill in this version of Cinderella, and makes a good case for beauty as a burden.


Gerard Simon clearly relishes his job behind the camera, capturing interiors and exteriors with Rembrandt-like precision. Buck, Confeesions Edelman, Susie Bruffin. I’m officially co-producing this show.

That’s my next gig! Winston Duke has had quite a year. Masterson, a native of Houston, [ Political plotting has become a national pastime in Britain. Hardly a week goes by without an attempted parliamentary coup. With courtiers circling [ Can old complaints be forgot? Or should we seek redress, judging the past by present-day standards? You will be redirected back to your article in seconds. It’s a confessioms order that director Gavin Millar and an extremely talented cast are able to meet with aplomb.

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