As Harry Houdini says...
..."I see only joy here." No truer words can be evoked to describe the
purpose and effect of this beautiful film.
Charles Sturridge ('Brideshead Revisited' and 'A Handful of Dust') has
assembled a cast that would be the envy of many other top flight
producers and directors embarking upon a "serious" film. That is not to
say this isn't a serious film, it is. It is marketed for children,
naturally, but it has deeper levels that challenge the adult mind far
beyond what one normally encounters in films directed towards adult
The quality of this script attracted such great actors as Peter O'Toole
(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Harvey Keitel (Harry Houdini), Bill Nighy,
Phoebe Nicholls, Paul McGann and a slew of other well-known British
actors. You might also take note of Mel Gibson in an uncredited cameo
at the very end.
Sturridge and his team of writers has come up with something
beguilingly profound, flowing quietly beneath the simple story of two
little girls who have managed to photograph fairies at the bottom of
the garden. This is based on the famous "scandal" of the early 20th
century when a similar event took place, only in the film the
photographs are pronounce authentic whereas in the actual event in
England the "experts" proved the photographs to be false. But the film
does not pretend to represent the actual events but moves beyond them
to a more fundamental issue of out times.
There is nothing "twee" about this movie either and it could have
easily become mawkish and sugar-sweet in less committed hands.
I am left, after viewing this film, with Shakespeare's words ringing in
my head... "there is far more in heaven and earth than meets [our]
In this blighted age of science and money-worship it is good to be
reminded that we limit ourselves through our cynical prejudices and
need to have everything proved scientifically, usually for profit.
When the condition of our lives and society has got you all blocked up,
watch this little gem and weep for everything that has been lost to us.
You will feel better afterward.
I will stop this commentary abruptly now by recommending 'Fairy Tale'
to one and all. And get out the Kleenex box before you begin..
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They told the wrong story
This film ostensibly tells the "true story" of the girls who photographed
the "Cottingley Fairies" in Yorkshire. But the film takes the point of
that the photographs were genuine and that the fairies were
In old age, the girls involved admitted it was all a hoax - so why does the
film treat what they say as true?
There is a scene in which Arthur Conan Doyle tries to convince committed
rationalist Harry Houdini (Harvey Keitel) that what the girls say must be
true - after all how could they, two young girls with apparently no
knowledge of photography, fake the photographs and fool some of the
minds in the country? Houdini maintains, of course, that they have done
however unlikely it may seem.
It strikes me that what Houdini says is correct and that THIS IS A BETTER
STORY TO TELL! It is precisely because it seems so unlikely that makes it
such a good story (now that we know the truth).
My view is that the two little girls were hoaxers, but that doesn't mean I
don't have an enormous amount of respect for their achievement. Surely a
better tribute is paid to them by showing fully the extent of their