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The movie does a lovely job of translating the Cinderella story into the modern setting, with just enough original touches to keep it from being only a carbon copy of the fairytale. Although for the most part the movie is in the everyday world, there are a few little surprises with special effects—including the ball scene, where the other dancers fade away to leave Connie and Ted waltzing alone in the empty ballroom, to the dreamy strains of a melody from Strauss's "Roses from the South."
As in any Deanna Durbin film, there's some wonderful music—a spirited rendition of "Amapola," a medley of Strauss waltzes for the ball scene, and finally, Puccini's "Un bel di" (sung in English), in a context totally different from the one for which it was written, but fitting beautifully into the new one.
First Love is on DVD, but only as part of a Deanna Durbin box set (which I believe is also available through Netflix). Click here to see more stills and some behind-the-scenes pictures from the movie.
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