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699 Ratings

Tale of Tales

Il racconto dei racconti

Directed by Matteo Garrone
Italy, France, 2015
Fantasy, History


Adapted from a collection of fairy tales by 17th century Italian author Giambattista Basile and featuring some of the earliest incarnations of the likes of Rapunzel and Cinderella.

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Tale of Tales Directed by Matteo Garrone

Awards & Festivals

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

2015 | 3 wins including: Best Production Design

2015 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

David di Donatello Awards

2016 | 7 wins including: Best Director

2016 | 5 nominations including: Best Film

There are giant animatronic beasts and ogres and flayings and all manner of comeuppance, and it’s all presented with a narrative modesty that belies the opulence on screen. It’s wonderful. Stories like these endure because they’re imminently tellable, and Garrone has told the heck out of them.
November 16, 2016
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Reacting to the film’s premiere at last year’s Cannes, some complained that its three tales were artlessly tossed together. I can’t agree; for me, the film’s open weaver is an evocation of the orla tradition wherein all fairytales have their beginnings. There is something conversational, suitably pedestrian, about Garrone’s loose, informal structure.
June 03, 2016
Love and family are astonishing letdowns for all concerned. With a focus on corporeal gore and psychological realism, Tale of Tales attempts to re-Grimmify the fairy tale, rather than fracture or deconstruct it à la the sly Into the Woods or The Princess Bride. The result is a film that doesn’t wink at the viewer as much as stare aghast at the self-interested evil that humans do.
May 03, 2016
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