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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Sure, let's ignore the fact that during the first half of the movie an under-aged girl is being followed by a stubborn cock and let's concentrate on the midget toreadors. In other words, this film is so brilliantly random, it's hard not to love it.
If you fuck with me, I'll show you this movie and then we'll become best friends because we would've shared a beautiful experience. Wrapped up in this notion that a fairytale is more profound than 2013.
A new take on the classic tale of Snow White sets the story against a backdrop of Spanish bull fighting. Black and white and silent, BLANCANIEVES is a striking and beautifully filmed homage to silent film that captures the spirit of the silent era even better than the more self conscious THE ARTIST. Wholly enchanting and directed with a refreshingly old fashioned sensibility, it is a film filled with magic and charm.
An energetic and sumptuously photographed take on the Snow White fairy tale where Snow White is a young and naturally gifted bullfighter. Creating a sense of the unfamiliar with it's 4:3 aspect ratio, no dialogue and cue cards, it manages to seduce the viewer in a surprisingly short amount of time with superb editing and a rich orchestral score. 3.5 stars
The Artist was a good homage to the silent era, but Blancanieves fully embraces that cinema and captures its spirit, despite Berger's utilization of modern camerawork and editing. A refreshing, empowering remodel of the Snow White story (with bullfighting!). Wonderful music that deftly weaves together a traditional style silent score with Spanish rhythms. Imaginative, charming, offbeat, and unexpectedly affecting.
A truly magnificent film. Beautifully shot and wonderfully acted, Pablo Berger's great direction anchors great editing and a perfect score. It's a really magical experience, and I found it infinitely more interesting than The Artist.