Fairy Tale - A True Story
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Do you believe? Young Frances and Elsie do. They say they've encountered the supernatural. They've met fairies. The photos the girls take of the winged beings put them at the center of a real-life controversy that sweeps England during World War I. Everyone is caught up in the excitement, including two of the era's most renowned men: Sherlock Holmes' author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Peter O'Toole) and master illusionist Harry Houdini (Harvey Keitel). Are the girls' photos real or a clever hoax? One thing is for sure: with enchantment, a sense of wonder and glorious special effects, FairyTale: A True Story is superb family entertainment.
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This film has some very beautiful scenes of the English countryside and depicts the storyline romantically and somewhat exagerratedly, but does a good job of linking the desire to believe in fairies to the stress so many people were under during World War I. Who wouldn't want to believe in another, fantastical and beautiful world when all the news in your own is bad? I enjoyed the film and I'll watch it again for the beautiful scenery and the enchantment of the story (the fairies are extremely well done), but I'll also have to remember that the reality is considerably more prosaic.
Ah, but just at the edge of our view there's magic. Magic gives life another dimension, a new and fulfilling warmth and excitement; rules and roles and all are suspended. We can fly, maybe ... if we want, or at least thrill in the witness of others who can. Tinkerbell did exist, you know: if not in my own original vision, then through the vision of J. M. Barrie. As a child I clapped along with everyone else so that Tinkerbell would live. As an adult I know (I think) that Tinkerbell only existed on Mr. Barrie's printed script, because I know (I think) that fairies aren't real. But even as an adult, out there at the edge of my view, could it be? It scares me to hope.
Elsie and Frances knew what reality was in their early twentieth century world. Eight year-old Frances' mother was dead; her father was missing in a terrible war; and she had to travel thousands of miles to live in the home of her cousin, the last leg of her trip on a train that she shared with wounded and maimed soldiers returning from the front lines. Elsie's brother had recently died of pneumonia (in those days pneumonia was almost a death warrant), and both her parents were struggling with that reality. Elsie at twelve also faced the reality that "in six months time, she'll be able to start work at the mill safe in the knowledge that she has a job for life."
So they seek and find fairies in the beck (a small stream near their house) and take pictures of them - and so begins the story. Are the fairies real? Or are the girls merely little scam artists perpetrating a grand hoax? But why on Earth would two sweet kids do such a thing?
In my judgment, this is as perfect a movie as I've ever seen. The story is fascinating and complete. The images are breathtaking. The music, by Zbigniew Preisner, charms. The cast, which includes Peter O'Toole, Harvey Keitel, Paul McGann, and Phoebe Nichols, is outstanding. Elizabeth Earl is the perfect personification of the bright, precocious - and wise Frances. Florence Hoath plays Elsie with an understated grace that's absolutely awesome.
I recommend this movie to young and old. You skeptics? Well, check out there at the edge of your view: I think you might be missing something that could bring some warmth and excitement back to your normal, expected, and perhaps drab life.
I first learned of this story while studying the history of photography in college. The story is actually True, except, well, you know.
By today's standards we would not be fooled by the photos taken by the girls, but the healing impact this news event had on society back then after the horrors of WWI and the peoples' willingness to believe it are understandable and wonderful.
It's a lovely looking film with special effects that are convincingly real and made me wish they were. :-D
It's perfectly cast and perfectly acted. The girls are adorable. All characters are well expressed, including the parents, and the stories within the story are so very real and touching too, perfectly woven together.
This is a movie for everyone, no matter their age. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Gather your loved ones around you and ENJOY this movie together!