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Ever After

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andy Tennant
Produced by Mireille Soria
Tracey Trench
Written by Charles Perrault (Cinderella)
Susannah Grant (screenplay)
Andy Tennant (screenplay)
Rick Parks (screenplay)
Starring Drew Barrymore
Anjelica Huston
Dougray Scott
Patrick Godfrey
Megan Dodds
Melanie Lynskey
Timothy West
Judy Parfitt
Jeroen Krabbé
Lee Ingleby
Jeanne Moreau
Music by George Fenton
Cinematography Andrew Dunn
Editing by Roger Bondelli
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 29, 1998
Running time 121 minutes (approx.)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $26 million USD (estimated)
Gross revenue $65,705,771[1] (domestic)
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Ever After: A Cinderella Story is a 1998 film adaptation of the fairy tale Cinderella, directed by Andy Tennant and starring Drew Barrymore. The screenplay is written by Tennant, Susannah Grant, and Rick Parks. The original music score is composed by George Fenton. The film is marketed with the tagline "Desire. Defy. Escape." Ever After may refer to: Everafter, the American Emo punk band Ever After (or Ever After: A Cinderella Story), a 1998 American film starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston Ever After (Web Comic), a web comic by Sean Healey hosted by Snafu Comics Category: ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Andy Tennant (born in 1955) is an American dancer, screenwriter, and film and television director. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the French author. ... Gustave Dorés illustration for Cendrillon Cinderella (French: Cendrillon) is a popular fairy tale embodying a classic folk tale myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward. ... Susannah Grant (born on January 4, 1963), is an award-winning American screenwriter and director. ... Andy Tennant (born in 1955) is an American dancer, screenwriter, and film and television director. ... Drew Blyth Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress and film producer, the youngest member of the Barrymore family of American actors. ... Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. ... Dougray Scott (born Stephen Scott on November 25, 1965) is a Scottish television and film actor best known in America for playing Ian Hainsworth in Desperate Housewives. ... Patric Godfrey is a British actor for film, TV and stage. ... Megan Dodds (born 15 February 1970) is a British based American stage and television actress. ... Melanie Jayne Lynskey (b. ... Timothy West CBE (born October 20, 1934) is a British film, stage and television actor. ... Judy Parfitt (born on 7 November 1935 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England) is a British theatre, film and television actress. ... Jeroen Aart Krabbé (born December 5, 1944 in Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a Dutch actor and film director. ... Lee Ingleby (born January 28, 1976 in Burnley, England) is a British actor. ... Jeanne Moreau (French IPA: ; born 23 January 1928) is a BAFTA Awards-winning French actress, screenwriter and director. ... George Fenton George Fenton (born October 19, 1950) is a British composer best known for his work writing film scores and music for television, although he also writes music for the theatre. ... Andrew Dunn (b. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... Gustave Dorés illustration for Cendrillon Cinderella (French: Cendrillon) is a popular fairy tale embodying a classic folk tale myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward. ... Andy Tennant (born in 1955) is an American dancer, screenwriter, and film and television director. ... Drew Blyth Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress and film producer, the youngest member of the Barrymore family of American actors. ... Susannah Grant (born on January 4, 1963), is an award-winning American screenwriter and director. ... George Fenton George Fenton (born October 19, 1950) is a British composer best known for his work writing film scores and music for television, although he also writes music for the theatre. ...


The usual pantomime and comic elements are removed and the story is instead treated as historical fiction, rife with anachronisms. It is often seen as a modern, post-feminism interpretation of the Cinderella myth.[2] The Christmas Pantomime colour lithograph bookcover, 1890 Pantomime (informally, panto) refers to a theatrical genre, traditionally found in Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Ireland, which is usually performed around the Christmas and New Year holiday season. ... Look up Anachronism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... ... For other uses, see Mythology (disambiguation). ...

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Synopsis

The movie begins with the Grimm Brothers visiting an elderly woman who claims to know the actual Cinderella story. They are enthralled when she produces an elegant slipper from a box, saying that it was the actual 'Cinderella' slipper. She proceeds to tell the story of Danielle de Barbarac. For other uses, see Brothers Grimm (disambiguation). ...


Danielle de Barbarac is a precocious eight-year-old raised by her father in a small manor in rural Renaissance France. Her mother died early in Danielle's life, and as a result Danielle and her father are very close. Her father remarries to a baroness with two young daughters near Danielle's age. Shortly after bringing them home, he dies of a heart attack, leaving Danielle with a stepmother and stepsisters she barely knows. Ightham Mote For the London district, see Manor House, London. ... This article is about the European Renaissance of the 14th-17th centuries. ... For other uses, see Baron (disambiguation). ...

Marguerite and Jacqueline
Marguerite and Jacqueline

The Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent (Anjelica Huston) resents Danielle, as she is envious of the love Danielle's father felt for his daughter. By the time Danielle is eighteen, the Baroness has forced her into servitude and driven the home into financial difficulty. Danielle now has very few possessions to call her own: her father's copy of Utopia, by Thomas More, a beautiful gown and slippers that had belonged to her mother, and the loyalty of the manor's three remaining servants. The Baroness' elder daughter, Marguerite (Megan Dodds), is as cruel and arrogant as her mother, while the second daughter, Jacqueline (Melanie Lynskey), is sweet-tempered but too weak to stand up to her mother and sister. Image File history File links Co4. ... Image File history File links Co4. ... Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. ... De Optimo Reipublicae Statu deque Nova Insula Utopia (translated On the Best State of a Republic and on the New Island of Utopia) or more simply Utopia is a 1516 book by Sir (Saint) Thomas More. ... For the Elizabethan play, see Sir Thomas More (play). ... Megan Dodds (born 15 February 1970) is a British based American stage and television actress. ... Melanie Jayne Lynskey (b. ...


One morning Danielle has a chance meeting with Henry, the Prince of France (Dougray Scott), when he steals a horse from the de Barbarac residence while running away. After bribing Danielle for her silence, Henry rides off with the horse and comes across an artist's caravan waylaid by Gypsies, and recovers a stolen painting, which turns out to be the Mona Lisa. The aged artist who asked for help is Leonardo da Vinci (Patrick Godfrey), on his way to the French court to see the king. Henry II (French: Henri II) (March 31, 1519 – July 10, 1559), a member of the Valois Dynasty, was King of France from March 31, 1547, until his death. ... Dougray Scott (born Stephen Scott on November 25, 1965) is a Scottish television and film actor best known in America for playing Ian Hainsworth in Desperate Housewives. ... Languages Romani, languages of native region Religions Christianity, Islam Related ethnic groups South Asians (Desi) The Roma (singular Rom; sometimes Rroma, Rrom) or Romanies are an ethnic group living in many communities all over the world. ... For other uses, see Mona Lisa (disambiguation). ... “Da Vinci” redirects here. ... Patric Godfrey is a British actor for film, TV and stage. ...


Danielle wants to use the bribe money to ensure the return of Maurice, an aged servant whom the Baroness sold to pay off her growing debts. She borrows a courtier's gown from her friend Gustave (Lee Ingleby) and poses as a countess to visit the castle. Henry has a second chance meeting with Danielle when she is arguing for Maurice's release, unaware that she is the same person he met earlier in the day. Henry is charmed by Danielle's passionate and contrary nature and orders Maurice's freedom. He begs Danielle for her name. A flustered Danielle gives Henry her mother's name, Nicole de Lancrét. A courtier is a person who attends upon, and thus receives a privileged position from, a powerful person, usually a head of state. ... Lee Ingleby (born January 28, 1976 in Burnley, England) is a British actor. ... This article is about the style or title of nobility. ...


It is revealed that the reason Henry was attempting to flee is because he refuses to go through an arranged marriage with the Princess of Spain. King Francis, Henry's father, is frustrated with his son's stubbornness, but agrees to give Henry five days choose his own bride. The King will announce Henry's engagement at a masquerade ball, either to a girl of Henry's choice or to the Spanish princess. Invitations to the ball are sent out to 'eligible' ladies, including Danielle, her stepmother and her two stepsisters. The Baroness and Marguerite realize they have an opportunity for Marguerite to become Henry's wife, and scheme accordingly. A masquerade ball (or masque) is an event which the participants attend in costume, usually including a mask. ...


Henry and Danielle have another chance meeting, further realizing their affections for one another. A series of secret rendezvous follow as the plot progresses. Danielle eventually realizes that Henry doesn't deserve her deception as 'Nicole', and resolves to inform him of her true identity. She is also in a compromising position as her absences from home are noticed by the Baroness de Ghent. The Baroness and Marguerite punish Danielle for her growing insubordination by whipping her, burning her father’s book, and stealing her mother’s gown and slippers. Jacqueline doesn’t take part in this abuse and tends to her stepsister’s wounds in secret. Superficial bullet wounds In medicine, a wound is a type of physical trauma wherein the skin is torn, cut or punctured (an open wound), or where blunt force trauma causes a contusion (a closed wound). ...


The Baroness eventually figures out that the mysterious courtier Henry has fallen for, 'Nicole', is really Danielle. She attempts to sabotage the union by informing Queen Marie that 'Nicole' has left France to marry another man, which the Queen then relays to a devastated Henry. In reality, the Baroness locks Danielle in the manor's pantry on the evening of the ball to keep her from the event. The servants rally together and get Gustave to find da Vinci, who helps free Danielle and get her ready for the ball.


Danielle arrives wearing the gown and slippers that her friends had stolen back for her, but she is exposed as a servant by the Baroness before Henry and the entire court. After Henry publicly rejects Danielle, she runs from the scene humiliated, stumbles, and leaves behind one of her ornate slippers. The slipper is found by da Vinci. Da Vinci later reprimands Henry for abandoning Danielle when she had come against all odds to confess to him who she really was.


The Baroness sells Danielle to a man named Monsieur Pierre Le Pieu (Richard O'Brien); it is revealed that 'missing' items that the Baroness had claimed had been stolen earlier in the film were in fact sold to Monsieur Le Pieu. Le Pieu gladly trades the items for Danielle, but Danielle later turns the tables on him with sword skills that she learned from her father. Richard OBrien (born Richard Timothy Smith on March 25, 1942 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England) is an English writer, actor, television presenter and theatre performer. ...


Henry and the Spanish Princess Gabriella are shown in a wedding ceremony, where the princess is sobbing uncontrollably. Henry realizes she is just as miserable in marrying someone she doesn't love and stops the ceremony. Still in love with Danielle, he learns of her whereabouts from Jacqueline sets out to Monsieur Le Pieu’s to rescue her. Danielle meets Henry as she exits the Le Pieu residence. Henry asks for her forgiveness as well as her hand in marriage, presenting to her the slipper she left behind on the night of the ball. The two are presumably married in a secret ceremony to prevent the Baroness and Marguerite from finding out.


It is eventually revealed that the Baroness committed treason in lying to Queen Marie, and she and Marguerite are condemned to a life of servitude in the palace as punishment, while Jacqueline, who fell in love with the captain of the royal guard at the masquerade ball, is accepted into the royal family. Danielle and Henry are presumed to live happily ever after after Da Vinci unveils her portrait.


At the final shot, the Grimm Brothers leave the aged woman's castle, and it is revealed that the woman is Danielle's great great granddaughter. For other uses, see Brothers Grimm (disambiguation). ...


Cast and characters

Danielle de Barbarac, portrayed by Drew Barrymore as an adult and by Anna Maguire as a child, is the protagonist of the film. She is a strong-willed young woman forced to live as her stepmother's servant after her father's death. Despite being reduced to a peasant, Danielle is still called "lady" and "mistress" by the other household servants. Danielle is not a typical Cinderella, as she is strong and doesn't wait for fate to do her dirty work. She does disguise herself as a courtier, originally to free a servant from being sent to the Americas, but later to get close to Prince Henry II. At home, she holds her own against her cruel stepmother and bubble-headed stepsister Marguerite. Danielle does have a mutual friendship with Marguerite's kindhearted sister, Jacqueline. Drew Blyth Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress and film producer, the youngest member of the Barrymore family of American actors. ...


Prince Henry II, portrayed by Dougray Scott, is the Crown Prince of France, and originally betrothed to Princess Gabriella of Spain. Henry is quick to run away from problems, and wants to live life as a rich Prince with control of the country, but without the responsibility. At the beginning, he is a whiny, spoiled brat who thinks everyone has it better than he does. Upon meeting Danielle, he changes gears quickly, including setting new laws regarding prisoners and builds a university open to all classes of people. Danielle ultimately changes him for the better. Dougray Scott (born Stephen Scott on November 25, 1965) is a Scottish television and film actor best known in America for playing Ian Hainsworth in Desperate Housewives. ...


Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent, portrayed by Anjelica Huston, is the beautiful and cruel stepmother of Danielle. Rodmilla seems to favor her graceful daughter Marguerite over the awkward Jacqueline, and sees her way into the royal family only through Marguerite. Rodmilla is jealous of Danielle because her late father loved her over Rodmilla. Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. ...


Marguerite (Francoise Louise) de Ghent, portrayed by Megan Dodds, is Rodmilla's eldest daughter. A louder version of her mother, Marguerite has an incredibly short fuse, all with the elegant meanness of her mother. In contrast, however, she is reasonably immature when not putting on a show for society in public, and often has rather scary fits. Megan Dodds (born 15 February 1970) is a British based American stage and television actress. ...


Jacqueline de Ghent, portrayed by Melanie Lynskey, is Rodmilla's second daughter. Unlike Marguerite, Jacqueline is quiet, mature for her age, and has a friendship with Danielle. She likes food, and her sister and mother often taunt her about her weight. She tries to please her mother, but Rodmilla constantly is exasperated by her. She does sometimes get out of character and throws a minor fit about being overlooked by Rodmilla. Melanie Jayne Lynskey (b. ...


Leonardo da Vinci, portrayed by Patrick Godfrey, is a wise man with a knack for inventing strange things. He is seen in this Cinderella tale as the "fairy godmother" archetype who comes to the rescue before the masked ball. He paints a portrait of Danielle which is later hung at the university until the Revolution. “Da Vinci” redirects here. ... Patric Godfrey is a British actor for film, TV and stage. ...


Maurice, Louise, and Paulette, portrayed by Walter Sparrow, Matyelok Gibbs and Kate Lansbury respectively, are De Barbarac servants, who also suffer through Rodmilla's poor treatment of them. They are Danielle's closest allies in the house. Maurice and Louise are married.


Gustave, portrayed by Lee Ingleby, is Danielle's childhood friend. Danielle always wrestled him in their childhood and won, and they have a brother/sister-like relationship. Gustave is an aspiring painter and admires Leonardo da Vinci. Lee Ingleby (born January 28, 1976 in Burnley, England) is a British actor. ... “Da Vinci” redirects here. ...


Monsieur Pierre Le Pieu, portrayed by Richard O'Brien, is an ugly baron whom it is implied has had a salacious eye on Danielle for some time. He and Rodmilla come to a secret deal to ultimately sell Danielle to him in exchange for several items he had originally purchased from Rodmilla when she fell into debt. Richard OBrien (born Richard Timothy Smith on March 25, 1942 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England) is an English writer, actor, television presenter and theatre performer. ...


King Francis and Queen Marie of France, portrayed by Timothy West and Judy Parfitt respectively, are Prince Henry's parents. The King of France is portrayed as a strict-yet-soft King who tries to control his adolescent son, Henry. He is a bit bumbling but always tries to be intimidating. The Queen, his counterpart, is a mature, concerned, wise woman. Timothy West CBE (born October 20, 1934) is a British film, stage and television actor. ... Judy Parfitt (born on 7 November 1935 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England) is a British theatre, film and television actress. ...


Auguste de Barbarac, portrayed by Jeroen Krabbé, is Danielle's father. He dies early on in the film, when Danielle is still a child and he has just married Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent. He loves his daughter and instilled in her a love of reading. Jeroen Aart Krabbé (born December 5, 1944 in Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a Dutch actor and film director. ...


Production

Ever After was filmed in Super 35 mm film format, but both the widescreen and pan-and-scan versions are included on the same DVD. This is also the only Super 35 mm film ever directed by Andy Tennant. The Tennant-directed films before this were filmed with spherical lenses. The ones after it were filmed with anamorphic lenses. Comparing the film area of Super 35 to CinemaScope, standard widescreen and Techniscope. ... The inner box (green) is the format used in most pre-1952 films and pre-widescreen television. ...


The castle shown in the film is the Château de Hautefort. Filming also occurred in Dordogne, France at the Château de Fénélon and the Château de Losse. Hautefort is a commune of the Dordogne département in southwestern France. ... Dordogne (Occitan: Dordonha) is a department in central France named after the Dordogne River. ...


The painting of Danielle seen in the film is based on da Vinci's Head of a Young Woman with Tousled Hair.


Release

The film was released theatrically on July 31, 1998 and was reasonably well-received with audiences, achieving a domestic gross of $8,526,904 on its opening weekend. At the end of its theatrical run it achieved a total domestic gross of $65,705,771 and a total international gross of $32,299,895. is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ...


The film grossed just over $100,000,000 in theatres internationally according to the Internet Movie Database.[1]


DVD release

On January 14, 2003 the film was released on DVD with minimal extras. It is currently unknown if there will be another DVD release with more substantial content. is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Anachronisms

  • Sir Thomas More's book Utopia was published in England in 1513 and given to Danielle in France when she was a child (apparently at about age eight). The book was actually published in Italy in 1516.
  • Leonardo da Vinci appears in the movie a decade later, when Danielle is 18, though he died in France in 1519.
  • The French colonization of the Americas began subsequent to 1524.
  • The Baroness proclaims Danielle has run off to marry a Belgian, though Belgium didn't come into being under that name until after the 1830 Belgian Revolution.
  • Prince Henry II of France was born in 1519, the same year that da Vinci died.
  • Henry II of France's wife, Catherine de' Medici, was not French, but Italian. She also had an arranged marriage to him (arranged by her uncle, Pope Clement VII) and they married when she was 14 years old.
  • Henry plays tennis with a racquet. In the 16th century, the game that later evolved into modern tennis was still played with a glove, in a manner more akin to modern handball.
  • In the marketplace scene, Henry presents Marguerite with chocolate candies. At the time, chocolate was consumed only as a beverage. Solid chocolate was not developed until the mid-19th century.
  • When Leonardo da Vinci recovers the Mona Lisa from the Gypsies, he pulls it out of its protective tube and unrolls it. This would not have been possible as the Mona Lisa is painted on a poplar wood panel, not a canvas.

For the Elizabethan play, see Sir Thomas More (play). ... De Optimo Reipublicae Statu deque Nova Insula Utopia (translated On the Best State of a Republic and on the New Island of Utopia) or more simply Utopia is a 1516 book by Sir (Saint) Thomas More. ... “Da Vinci” redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the historical Belgian Revolution of the 1830s. ... Henry II (French: Henri II) (March 31, 1519 – July 10, 1559), a member of the Valois Dynasty, was King of France from March 31, 1547, until his death. ... Henry II (French: Henri II) (March 31, 1519 – July 10, 1559), a member of the Valois Dynasty, was King of France from March 31, 1547, until his death. ... Catherine de Medici (April 13, 1519 – January 5, 1589) was born in Florence, Italy, as Caterina Maria Romola di Lorenzo de Medici. ... For the antipope (1378–1394) see antipope Clement VII. Pope Clement VII (May 26, 1478 – September 25, 1534), born Giulio di Giuliano de Medici, was a cardinal from 1513 to 1523 and was Pope from 1523 to 1534. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... Squash racquet and ball Racquetball racquet and ball A racquet (or racket) is a sports implement consisting of a handled frame with an open hoop across which a network of cord is stretched. ... American (or court) handball, usually referred to simply as handball, is an American form of fives played against one or more walls. ... “Da Vinci” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Mona Lisa (disambiguation). ... Languages Romani, languages of native region Religions Christianity, Islam Related ethnic groups South Asians (Desi) The Roma (singular Rom; sometimes Rroma, Rrom) or Romanies are an ethnic group living in many communities all over the world. ... For other uses, see Mona Lisa (disambiguation). ...

Adaptation

A musical version of the film is currently in the works, with the book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler and music by Zina Goldrich. It is currently expected that a pre-Broadway tryout will premier in 2008, with a Broadway premier in the spring of 2009.[3] Zina Goldrich is a musical theater composer who grew up in Kings Point, New York. ...


See also

  • Ever After, the novel by Wendy Loggia, based on the screenplay by Susannah Grant, Andy Tennant and Rick Parks
  • Ever After, the novel in the Williamsburg series by Elswyth Thane

Helen Elswyth Thane Ricker Beebe (May 16, 1900 - 1981)was an American romance novelist. ...

References

  1. ^ Ever After: A Cinderella Story at boxofficemojo.com
  2. ^ Haase (ed.), Donald (2004). Fairy Tales and Feminism: New Approaches. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3030-4. 
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Reading of Broadway-Bound Ever After to Feature Shaddow, von Essen, Maxwell and More", Playbill.com, 2007-07-12. Retrieved on 2007-07-13. 

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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