2:00 pm | (1926) | Romance/Comedy | 1h 15m


“Ella Cinders is probably Colleen Moore’s most recognizable film and it is essential viewing for cinema fans.” (Fritz Kramer)

Not all Evil Stepmothers and Stepsisters lived in olden days! Colleen Moore, aka “The Flaming Youth” gives a sparkling performance in this modern twist on Cinderella as a small town girl with a dead-end life who doesn’t need a prince or fairy godmother to change her luck.
Moore plays the much abused Ella Cinders (based on a real comic strip of the time) who enters a beauty contest hoping to win a ticket to the modern day “palace” – Hollywood; but, is Hollywood all it’s supposed to be?

This film was a huge hit for Moore and a great vehicle for her wit and elastic features, used to their greatest effect in the film’s famous portrait photo scene. The theme of “local girl makes good” was a popular one in the 1920’s, where optimism abounded that all could “get rich (or famous) quick” and movies such as “Ella Cinders” fed into the fantasy of the day of instant “rags to riches”. We will also show a more traditional telling of the Cinderella story by the silhouette animator Lotte Reiniger from 1922. “A pioneer in the world of animated film, and a standard-bearer for women in the industry” (Pamela Hutchinson)


Founded in August of 2010, The Rosendale Theatre Collective, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is dedicated to preserving the historic Rosendale Theatre and enhancing the cultural life and economic vitality of Rosendale and Ulster County through film, the performing arts and educational programming.


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