Cinderella Liberty (1973)
Company: Twilight Time
Starring: Kirk Calloway, Bruno Kirby, Allyn Ann McLeie, James Caan, Burt Young, Dabney Coleman, Eli Wallach, Marsha Mason, Sally Kirkland
My Review and Thoughts:
My Rating: 3.5 out 5
This is great little film with great performances. The movie comes off strong in this reality. The interaction is what captures the viewer as they watch these unique and interesting characters come to life on screen.
You can’t not mention actor James Caan. Caan really needs no introduction in the cinema movie world. Movie buffs will always know his name. Performing and acting in some of the great films of all time. Acting in films that have garnered cult like following’s. From 1971’s dramatic Brain’s Song, to 1975’s musical Funny Lady. To the one and only The Godfather series. I will always personally remember him for three favorite performances, the amazing and very underrated 1981’s Thief. The one of a kind and possibly one of the greatest suspense films, 1990’s Stephen King’s Misery, which I will always remember his pain. And the odd-ball sci-fi Alien Nation from 1988. Caan has a great ability to be the perfect tough guy, or bad guy. His ability to express his emotional attitude no matter how strong it is, he builds his characters, owns them, and literally you love or hate his persona of those characters.
Starring as your main female lead is the beautiful and stunning and all around perfect actress Marsha Mason. Mason is a woman that knows her parts and creates her parts in away the viewer knows the character at hand. I have always personally felt that she has never gotten the limelight that she deserves. I think her talent sticks out and is something always to praise. Starring in many features that stick out for 1977’s Audrey Rose to 1977’s The Goodbye Girl, to 1986’s Heartbreak Ridge. She is a multi-talented actress, from TV series, to TV movies, to major feature films. It was wonderful seeing her again in this film.
The plot is about a lonely Navy sailor who happens to fall in love with a hooker. While in love he becomes a surrogate father figure for her son while he is on extended leave. The reason why he is on extended leave is his service records have become lost. So begins a love affair and a dramatic reality that unfolds on screen.
The chemistry between all three is what stands out in this feature film. Marsha Mason and James Caan is pure perfection together. The young Kirk Calloway who plays the 10 year old son has a total perfection that showcases brilliant performances when both Caan and him interact.
This is directed by a great director. A director that doesn’t have a lot under his belt but the few he has are stand out films. He directed one of my all time favorite drama films the amazing 1981’s On Golden Pond. Another stand out film he directed is the amazing one of kind film 1979’s The Rose. Who can forget the classic John Wayne film The Cowboys. Mark Rydell has a touch with cinema, bringing certain films that really stay with you. He not only was a director, but also was an actor starring in many TV series in the 50’s. He is a director that is often forgot about, but the films, such as the ones I have mentioned should make his ability be known. He is a true visionary of cinema, and I feel his feature films show that reality.
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Yet again Twilight Time has mastered this department. The movie has never looked any better. I remember seeing this on VHS a while back and the quality was just plain unmentionable. Now this high quality Blu-ray, transferred to 1080P is truly a golden ticket. The video is crisp the audio is spot on fantastic.
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA / English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1973 / Color
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Isolated Music Track: Another example of this film is the music displayed and performed by John Williams who needs no introduction and was a master music composer that left the world with a great, vast brilliance, and love of music. He has composed and worked on many upon many films and TV projects in his life. Sadly, this master passed away but left an amazing range of music which can be heard throughout his vast career of films. His music is still used today and rightly should be. Master John Williams creates amazing soundtracks that are created into ultimate and magically excellent music experiences.
Audio Commentary with Director Mark Rydell. This was a wonderful listen. It’s always great to hear about the feature film from the director himself. I was thoroughly entertained and truly felt this was a fantastic listen for any movie buff wanting to learn more about a feature.
On Location with Mark Rydell, Director of Cinderella Liberty
Original Theatrical Trailer
Yet again I must sing the praises of Twilight Time. Yet again they have mastered an older film and given it a new outlet for a modern generation. The sound and picture quality are fantastic. You are given some great special features. Twilight Time brought out another fantastic Blu-ray to experience.
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