In the film Cinderella I have always loved the way the staircase was portrayed, dark and scary like real Hitchcock setting. These eerie steps represent the passageway between Cinderella’s living quarters and the rest of the house, inhabited by the stepmother and -sisters.
Mary Blair painted this moody color sketch. Her use of black horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines give the feeling of imprisonment. So great!
A final production background maintains the foreboding atmosphere. The image actually reminds me of an M.C. Escher drawing.
A dramatic downshot was used later in the film, signaling only one thing:
Trouble is on the way!