Friday Films: The Flesh and the Spirit, Fairy Tale: A True Story

In November, we celebrate the art of photography and the VMFA special exhibition, Sally Mann: The Flesh and the Spirit. For this theme, we have chosen one documentary devoted to Ms. Mann and three narrative feature films in which photography plays a major role.

Fairy Tale: A True Story
Paramount Pictures, 1997 (rated G, 98 minutes)
Starring Phoebe Nichols, Florence Hoath, Harvey Keitel
Directed by Charles Sturridge

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, declares that pictures taken by twelve-year-old Elsie and eight-year-old Frances of fairies in flight are authentic. These photographs astound the world and forever change Elsie and Frances’ lives in 1917 England. Even Harry Houdini (Keitel) gets on the case. This fanciful period piece is based on actual events.


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