Cinderella Vs Pretty Woman

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Hollywood has become an industry wholly fixated on the economic outcome of a film rather than on the content of the film itself. Production often depends on the likeliness of its monetary success, which is why people find themselves watching films that offer recycled storylines and re-makes of old films. The animated film Cinderella directed by Wilfred Jackson et al, is a well-known story due to its definitive status as a classic Disney fairy tale, and because of its integral influence on contemporary films. Pretty Woman, a film directed by Garry Marshall, is an example of Hollywood’s recycling of the classic fairy tale itself. Cinderella and Vivian each portray a damsel in distress both of whom endure rejection from the individuals around…show more content…
In Cinderella, the inspirational figure is a female, whereas in Pretty Woman the character that is shaped around Cinderella’s fairy godmother is illustrated through a male. Where the main character is feeling frustrated and upset by the day’s events, the Fairy Godparent comes forward and proceeds to orchestrate a makeover of sorts. Cinderella, for example, is left standing in rags after her dress for the Royal Ball is destroyed by her step-sisters. Her Fairy Godmother materializes beside her while she is crying and attempts to comfort her. As she convinces Cinderella that she must go to the ball she states: “good heavens child, you cannot go dressed like that… just leave it to me” (Wilfred et al, “Cinderella”). The Fairy Godmother uses her magic to create a gorgeous dress for Cinderella to wear, helping her to fit into the lifestyle lead by her family, as well as the Royal Family. In the same fashion as Cinderella, Vivian exerts feelings of frustration and humiliation after her experience with the two pompous store clerks, and for having been denied the clothing that she intended to purchase. She angrily informs the manager at the hotel she is staying in that nobody would help her in her endeavors (Marshall, “Pretty Woman”). Barney, the hotel manager, symbolizes the Fairy Godmother and notices how upset Vivian is. He calls a department store saying he is going to be “sending over a special guest” (Marshall, “Pretty Woman”) and…show more content…
At the end of the film, Cinderella runs down the steps of the Royal Palace and is whisked away by the Prince in a golden carriage. Although Cinderella barely knows him, Hollywood makes the ending seemingly magical and romantic. The very last shot of the film is a page from a fairy tale story book which shows an image of the Prince and Cinderella kissing. A caption underneath reads: “and they lived happily ever after” (Wilfred et al, “Cinderella”). Since Pretty Woman is made in Hollywood, the film has multiple fairy tale motifs incorporated into it to make it a happier story, rather than the darker depiction it was originally meant to present (Purac Lecture 4). Therefore it is expected that Edward and Vivian will end up together. While they endure conflicts in their relationship, Edward comes back for her at the end of the film. He arrives at her apartment, and even though he is fearful of heights, he climbs the fire escape to Vivian’s bedroom to confess his love for her. Significantly, both Cinderella and Pretty Woman embody the same message. This is illustrated at the end of Pretty Woman after Vivian and Edward kiss, when the limo driver says: “What’s your dream? This is Hollywood, the Land of Dreams” (Marshall, “Pretty Woman”). Vivian and

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