Rania Richardson of Community Media, who last wrote for Hall Five on The Romanian New Wave reports on BLANCANIEVES, a Spanish version of Snow White that represents the current fascination with classic fairy tales retold with a personal twist.
Inspired by a photograph of real bullfighting dwarfs, writer/director Pablo Berger fashioned a Snow White story set in 1920s Spain, with its lead character the daughter of a matador and a flamenco dancer. BLANCANIEVES follows the contours of the Brothers Grimm fable, with the innocent girl, evil stepmother, mirror, poisonous apple, and caring dwarfs. The film is black and white and silent in homage to moviemaking from the 1920s, like the 2012 Academy award winner, THE ARTIST. Sumptuous period sets and costumes, a carnivalesque atmosphere, and melodramatic score keep interest alive in the dialogue-free tale.
“The Uses of Enchantment,” Bruno Bettelheim’s 1976 Freudian interpretation of fairy tales, suggests a psychological value to stories that deal with the darkest childhood fears of abandonment, cruelty, and death from a safe, imaginary vantage point. In today’s ever changing and uncertain times, the tales, burnished by centuries of storytelling, resonate with familiarity and are far removed from our daily lives, so provide a magical escape.
Disney’s 1937 animated feature, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, become the highest grossing film of its day, and there have been screen versions of the tale ever since. Interest may be at its peak now, as MIRROR MIRROR starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN starring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart were both released within the past year, and the television series ONCE UPON A TIME continues to air on CBS.
Disney’s SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
CharlIze Theron as The Queen in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
Kristen Stewart as Snow White in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
Julia Roberts as The Queen in MIRROR MIRROR
Lily Collins as Snow White in MIRROR MIRROR
Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White and Lana Parrilla as The Wicked Queen in ONCE UPON A TIME
FOR MORE IMAGES: BLANCANIEVES Pinterest Board by Rania Richardson. This board includes film stills, trailer, information/review sites, director interview, and posters for BLANCANIEVES, as well as related images such as the actors in San Sebastian, inspirational photos, other screen images of Snow White and the Evil Queen.
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