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April 2015
A Disney Classic Brought to Life
Together, Haris Zambarloukos, BSC and Kenneth Branagh
have made the otherworldly Marvel pic Thor, the stylish Michael
Caine vehicle Sleuth, and the spy thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Each of those projects also was made on 35mm fi lm. Their latest
collaboration, a live-action update of Disney's Cinderella, adds yet
another completely different project to their body of work.
When he got the call, Zambarloukos was initially hesitant.
"When I read the script, I began to realize what a great
opportunity it was," he says. "It's an ancient, timeless story with
versions in many cultures. Within
Disney's version of the tale is a tragic
orphan story that is almost Dickensian.
And after our fi rst meeting, I realized
why Ken wanted to do it - it's a chance
to make a classic, the fi rst of its kind, in
a new way. It's a big responsibility."
Envisioning the right look for
Cinderella, said to be the fi rst in a series
of classic Disney animated properties to be updated to live action,
the fi lmmakers referred to Fragonard, a Rococo painter best
known for exuberant paintings like "The Swing."
"The fi lm is set in a pseudo-16th century Europe, and we could
"We wanted shots to
breathe, to stay back,
with very slow takes,
master shots and
precise compositions."
take liberties with it," explains Zambarloukos. "Fragonard did
the same thing - that's what Rococo was, taking elements from
the culture of the time but adding playfulness to it. It was an
exceptionally clever reference point, and it guided me very well.
We were also inspired by the original Disney version - there are
some spectacular frames there - in the
sense that things were hand-drawn and
meticulously made. There's an exceptional
humanity to it."
That meticulous and humane approach
extended to every aspect of the new
production, from the sumptuous costumes
to extensive, complex sets reminiscent of
a grander era of fi lmmaking. The choice

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