Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Angela Thorne, Jane Slaughter, Elizabeth Morgan, Sarah Prince, Barbara Lott
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Kids & Family, Television
Adopted as babies by their extraordinary great uncle matthew pauline petrova and posy fossil lead a sheltered life with their guardian sylvia who is struggling to make ends meet. When the girls are accepted to ballet schoo... more »
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This is a charming adaptation of Noel Streatfield's classic.
Diane M. O'Keefe | 01/01/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Parents: this is a beautifully made version of the book. The three girls are enchanting, and real role models for all little girls everywhere. One is an actress, the other a dancer, and the third learns Morse Code and dreams of flying planes. There's something for everyone. We enjoyed watching it with our daughter."
Stuffy and underdone, but if you like the book....
Maxfilm | MA, USA | 01/01/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The book Ballet Shoes was a charming novel written nearly seventy years ago that ended up having a wide appeal...certainly, my entire family, children and parents, dancers and non-dancers, could greatly enjoy the tale of three adopted sisters' various paths to stardom and self-fulfillment. This DVD features a very stuffy, Masterpiece Theater style adaptation of the book that does a terrific job casting the sisters, but otherwise does a rather half-baked job presenting the story, despite having a very long (and it *feels* long) 120 minutes to do the job. The cinematography, such as it is, largely alternates between static and harshly lit close-ups of various actors emoting, and wide shots of dance and theater rehearsals that are annoyingly cramped and frequently cut off dancers' feet. The transitions between scenes are abrupt when they exist at all, and the adaptation of the book is particularly clumsy in the way it elaborates on certain areas (the rehearsals leading up to Pauline's and Petrova's first play, for example, and all sorts of backstage drama) while inexplicably omitting other areas that are just as crucial to establishing story and mood (such as the actual theater performances and dance numbers).The actors on the whole are reasonable given what they have to work with, though apart from the girls, they don't have much of a chance to develop beyond stock types, and the production does them no favors. A big part of the book's charm was its combination of real-world mood (early twentieth century London locations and the dress and customs of the period) and a distinct fairy-tale like quality (three girls named Fossil with big dreams and their great-Uncle Matthew aka "Gum")...my daughters were truly taken with the book. The video establishes some old world detail, but the fairy tale quality seems mostly lost in the bare bones production, so anyone who's not familiar with the book will not only be lost (given all the weird ommissions and non-existent transitions), but wonder what the fuss is about.The DVD *is* mildly enjoyable as a companion to the book, but by the second hour, it moves at an increasingly glacial pace, and by the end, my girls were wondering when it was going to end. I would still recommend (with qualifications) this disc if you are a big fan of the book, as there are some very enjoyable scenes which may replay your favorite parts....this is somewhat akin to acquiring a bootleg tape of your favorite band's concert, complete with bad sound and drunken interludes. Keep your expectations very low, though...and if you haven't read the book, make that a priority instead!"
Where's the rest?!!
Diane M. O'Keefe | 02/07/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this program when it ran on PBS in the 1980s. This DVD is incomplete. It is missing about a half an hour of the original material that was shown at that time. I would love to have a DVD of the COMPLETE version of this program but I am very disappointed in this shortened version."
Low budget redition of a classic
Maxfilm | 10/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This low budget redition of Noel Streatfield's classic novel, Ballet Shoes,is very well adapted to the screen. It could have been a lot better with an enhanced budget, but as it is is a worthy companion to the novel. The acting is good, especially the children, which saves it from being horrid, but there might have been more dancing shown."