THE BIG READ | Brilliant, bad and a little bit mad: the real story of Cruella de Vil

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A new movie, Cruella, starring Emma Stone, examines the trauma that shaped the villainess' personality. (PHOTO: ©2021 Disney Enterprises Inc)
A new movie, Cruella, starring Emma Stone, examines the trauma that shaped the villainess' personality. (PHOTO: ©2021 Disney Enterprises Inc)

She's a woman so evil she was willing to try abducting 99 puppies so she could kill them and use their fur to create the perfect coat. When author Dodie Smith created Cruella de Vil, she didn’t want readers to feel sorry for the villainess but rather to be totally horrified by the extend of her narcissism and cruelty.

But Cruella, the new Disney remake of the tale starring Emma Stone, which examines her backstory does exactly the opposite – and after seeing all the traumatic things that happened to the poor woman in childhood you’d have to have a heart of stone not to feel a bit more sympathetic towards her.

But surely if Dodie was still alive she would have hated this new spin that has been put on her famous classic.

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