Fairy Tale - A True Story (1997)
Charles Sturridge directed this fact-based film drama. In 1917, Harry Houdini (Harvey Keitel) and Arthur Conan Doyle (Peter O'Toole) are fascinated and intrigued by photographs of fairies taken by cousins Francis Griffiths (Elizabeth Earl) and Elsie Wright (Florence Hoath). Filmed in England (Didcot,London, Yorkshire, Pinewood Studios, Shepperton Studios). Over the past seven decades, the photos by the two girls have been publsihed in numerous books and magazines, and eventually someone discoveered the specific Charles Robinson children's book illustrations of fairies that the two cousins copied. Computer enhancement has revealed the string supporting the fairies. The film's score is by Zbigniew Preisner (Blue), an interesting choice inasmuch as he has been involved in another hoax-composing music credited to non-existent Dutch composer Van den Budenmayer. Working title: Illuminations. Not to be confused with Photograping Fairies, another 1997-98 movie based on the same real-life events. Rated PG "for brief mild language." … More
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Critic Reviews for Fairy Tale - A True Story
A film with no discernable point of view that's directed at no definable audience.
Charming special effects and appealing heroines, and truly an ambitious meditation on the nature of fantasy and reality and growing up.
An enticing drama about the eternal clash between reason and the magical realm of enchantment.
Audience Reviews for Fairy Tale - A True Story
All that this pathetic and incredibly silly movie wants is to be cute, and so it shies away from the truth with a ridiculous justification that more important than reality is "magic" - even if coming from a deceiving fraud that supposedly brings comfort to people. Truth is, it is not.More
If you have faith, anything is possible. I saw this Movie long time ago. It is Amazing even Adults believe in Fairies, but we even believe in Angels why not Fairies. Very inspiring Movie. Even though they revelead that the Pictures the girls shot were fake, I still think Children see more than us Adults. It makes you believe in Magic so hardly.More
Another film off the list from the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, from the Galas. Again a Movie that I missed when it came out and the only reason I saw it was because of this list. This movie is not only for children or adults with children, anyone with a open mind should see this, or anyone one who enjoys a movie that is just not another movie. Set right after WWI, 2 young girls find and take a picture of a fairy, And the girls meet Harry Houdini, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ( The Lost World) who takes an interest in them. All and all a good clean Family movie, saw nothing that would make me not let children see it. 5 stars alone for that reason. 5 stars for the acting and overall story.More
This family-oriented fantasy is fine and little emotional tale of two young girls on a credulous British public shortly after World War I. Check out who's the cameo appearance in the final scene of this film.More
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