A Little Princess
is a 1995 American children's film directed by Alfonso Cuarón
, starring Liesel Matthews
, Eleanor Bron
, Liam Cunningham
, and Vanessa Lee Chester
. Set during World War I
, it focuses on a young girl who is relegated to a life of servitude in a New York City
boarding school by the headmistress after receiving news that her father was killed in combat. Loosely based upon the novel A Little Princess
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
, this adaptation was heavily influenced by the 1939 cinematic version
and took great creative liberties with the original story. Various differences occur between the original source material and the setting and screenplay of this film.
Due to poor promotion by its distributor, the film hardly made back half its budget. However, the film was critically acclaimed and given various recognition for its significant achievements in art direction and cinematography, among other aspects of its production.
Sara Crewe (Liesel Matthews
) loves her childhood home in India
, but she has to leave it when her beloved father (Liam Cunningham
) enlists to fight for the British
in World War I
. He enrolls her at Miss Minchin's Seminary for Girls in New York
, the same school Sara's late mother attended, and spares no expense to make sure his daughter will be comfortable while he is gone.
Sara quickly becomes popular and well-liked by the other students, whose boring, mundane lives are made exciting by the wonderful stories Sara tells. The school's spoiled... Read More