A novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett
, she also authored The Secret Garden
. It is a lovely book about a little English
girl named Sara Crewe, who was raised in India
, by her widowed father. During the late 1800's he is sent off to war, and she is sent off to a English all-girls boarding school. Later on her father dies, leaving her penniless, and at the mercy of a cruel schoolmistress. Her spirit, and heart help her get through the tragedy. Of course like all fairy tales
, she winds up finding a family who helps her recover her father's wealth. More than that they provide her with the love she desires.
In 1939, Shirley Temple
starred in a crappy Hollywood version
of this story. They changed the ending, so that her father was really alive, and she finds him in a hospital with amnesia
PBS aired a good, true to the story version in 1986, but it lacked something. At least it was true to the story.
In 1997 they re-vamped the story, with the crappy ending. Instead they placed it in WWI
, and the boarding school was in New York
. I will give them the credit of amazing cinematography
, and Liesel Matthews
was absolutely captivating as Sara Crew.