Charming Czech version of the Cinderella story that was the first production to give the character a stronger personality than before with hunting skills, manipulative flirting and disguising skills. The film was somewhat remade as Drew Barrymore's "Ever After" 25 years later.
A genuinely affectionate three stars. Any scene without Libuše Šafránková became an order of magnitude less charming. Her Cinderella was so winsome. The winsomest! I've never before wanted so much to simultaneously cuddle a fictional character and be them myself. Some of the music cues were a bit over-determined, but I loved the weird synthy piece near the end and the sudden 1970s zooms. I adore the Czech language.
I'm a sucker for the unfamiliar take on the familiar story. I think it's one of the purposes of cinema watching. So from my perspective, this old-fashioned and weakly-acted and lip-synched film is delightful in contrast to disney versions, and because of the charming fiesty androgynous Cinderella who is not just the better of her sister, but of the prince too.
As good, if not better, than lots of Christmas films that we're used to watching in the UK/US. It's very, very dated - sometimes in a Turkish Superman sort of way - with a cheesy Czech crooner singing about silver ferns or something, and a load of zoom shots. But it's so bloody charming, especially towards the last third of the film that it's hard to leave Three Wishes without knowing you'll see it again next Xmas.