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Stream of the Day: Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘A Little Princess’ Is the Best Cinematic Version of Burnett’s Fairy Tale World

Stream of the Day: Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘A Little Princess’ Is the Best Cinematic Version of Burnett’s Fairy Tale World

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Even Frances Hodgson Burnett’s happy endings come with a price. The beloved British author responsible for two of children literature’s most enduring classics was never precious about meting out “happily ever after” endings with some serious asterisks. Burnett didn’t dislike a happy ending so much as understand that even the most fantastical of plot twists — the long-missing father returns, compassion is cool, the savior was living next door the entire time — should exist in both a fairy tale world and one that looks very similar to the real one.

After all, Burnett’s heroes are mostly children who are skin-of-their-teeth survivors, young stars who overcome through both sheer force of will and the power of their big imaginations. There

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