Excerpt: Presentato in anteprima a Toronto lo scorso settembre, e poi passato a Torino nella sezione Festa Mobile, il film di Pablo Berger è la terza trasposizione del classico dei fratelli Grimm nel giro di pochi mesi.
Excerpt: While 2012’s other adaptations (Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman) feinted at a more feminist mindset, all they really did was put a sword in Snow’s hands before placing her in the standard need of rescue. This film is far less violent (Berger cuts around the brutal realities of bullfighting) and far more up to date in the portrayal of its heroine’s agency and the consequences of it.
Excerpt: Much of the film’s emotion is conveyed by Alfonso de Vilallonga’s music, which celebrates Spain with uptempo guitar and flamenco when it isn’t tipping its hat to Bernard Herrmann during a scene inspired by Hitchcock.
Excerpt: Blancanieves is a lush, dreamy, deliriously cinematic work. Following in the footsteps of last year’s diptych of Hollywood takes on the Grimm tale, Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, Blancanieves dwarfs them (pun intended), not just in artistry but in the simple joy in telling the story and delight in the texture of the poetic.
Excerpt: … lusty and heartfelt, fiery flamenco and spirited country jig. Don’t go expecting a Disney-fied fable. Berger seasons with S&M and the kind of macabre touches you’d expect in vintage Browning or Bunuel.
Excerpt: Creatively, Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger conceives a stunning, retro-interpretation of the bedtime heroine in the lavish black-and-white silent production of ‘Blancanieves’. Elegant and sensually polished…