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FairyTale: A True Story

Zbigniew Preisner

Veteran British director Charles Sturridge directs this memorable 1997 period drama loosely based on events surrounding the taking of a photograph in 1917 by two English girls (Florence Hoath, Elizabeth Earl) who claimed it as proof of the existence of fairies. Co-starring Harvey Keitel as Harry Houdini and Peter O’Toole as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Best known for his forceful, provocative and often brooding work with the late Krzysztof Kieslowski on such efforts as
The Dekalog and Three Colors: Blue, White, Red – acclaimed Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner here demonstrates a surprising aptitude for lighter fare, a score as light as a fairy’s wings and as nostalgically romantic as an Edwardian carriage ride. There is no mistaking the style, however – the abrupt, arrhythmic chord progressions and echoing strings – only this time deployed with uncharacteristic delicacy and sweetness. As a balletic solo piano segues into a bracingly patrician string theme in the title track Fairy Tale, the stylistic stage is set, as if setting a microscope on the delicate pains and joys of childhood and filtering them through a prism of pure, orchestral innocence.
FairyTale: A True Story
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