This exceptionally light-handed satire tells the purportedly true story of a young woman who is mistaken for a Far Eastern princess and briefly becomes the toast of English society. Considerably enhanced by Phoebe Cates's graceful performance in the title role, PRINCESS CARABOO is both a
classic Cinderella tale and a gentle but penetrating spoof of the Orientalist mania that swept Europe during the age of imperialism.
In 1817, England has enacted Draconian poor laws that punish vagrancy with flogging and stealing with death. When a enigmatic young woman (Cates), dressed in exotic clothing and speaking an unidentifiable tongue, turns up in the countryside near ...