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602 Ratings


Directed by Pablo Berger
Spain, France, 2012


Once upon a time, there was a little girl who never knew her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarfs and became a legend…

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Blancanieves Directed by Pablo Berger
Spanish cinema’s best film in years… Only a Spanish art form could turn a children’s story based on the figure of Snow White into a tragedy and manages to seem at first glance to be a tribute to popular folklore and the bullfighting and flamenco traditions, which have become the quintessential Spanish ‘brand’, and then turn into such a subtle and devastating criticism of that same image by which Spain is identified throughout the world, one that is most closely associated with Andalusia.
March 23, 2014
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My disappointment stems directly from its failure as film culture. The movie itself is fairly inventive and not unpleasant, but as a “neo-silent” it’s simply wrong-headed, and any intimacy with real silent movies would immediately make plain to you where the problems lie. Blancanieves does not possess, any more than The Artist does, the stylistic make-up of a true silent film.
September 06, 2013
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Blancanieves is a lush, dreamy, deliriously cinematic work… Unlike The Artist, Berger’s film is more than mere jokey pastiche; it is an aesthetically engaged and solidly dramatic work that recreates the texture of early 20th century filmic art without reducing it to mimicry.
July 13, 2013
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