The story of Cinderella is a timeless tale and one that has become synonymous with the “rags to riches” type of story. Its origins date back to sixth century Greece, and it has been retold countless times in numerous countries, from China to France to Germany.
13. Cinderfella (1960)
A blend of goofy slapstick and sight gags, with a bit of earnestness, Cinderfella is a bit of a puzzle. Jerry Lewis has a very particular brand of comedy in this gender-bent comedy from the 1960s.
Cinderella is well-intentioned in its attempts to showcase a new take on the story in a diverse, progressive, and feminist approach. But it does so by employing elements already done more successfully in other Cinderella stories.
The way the story is updated is refreshing with the swapping of genders and featuring a predominately Black cast. And all of the cast is talented and engaging in their roles, especially leads Chosen Jacobs and Lexi Underwood.
This version of the fairy tale has a beautiful tenderness and simplicity juxtaposed with the lyrical complexities of the songs and more elaborate costumes (at least compared to the original production).