- Starring: Ángela Molina, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Emilio Gavira, Inma Cuesta, Josep Maria Pou, Macarena Garc, Maribel Verdú, Pere Ponce, Ramón Barea, Sof
- Summary: Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never known 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 dwarves, and became a legend. This tribute to silent films is set in southern Spain in the 1920s. [Cohen Media Group]… Expand
- Director: Pablo Berger
- Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy
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100It is a full-bodied silent film of the sort that might have been made by the greatest directors of the 1920s, if such details as the kinky sadomasochism of this film's evil stepmother could have been slipped past the censors.
80Blancanieves is a feast for the film-crazy. [8 April 2013, p.89]
80Berger's film is still far more magical than it is macabre. And so although a black-and-white, foreign-film adaptation of a very familiar tale might, indeed, be a hard sell, audiences who buy into it are in for an undeniably rewarding movie-going experience. In a word: ¡Ole!
9The fact that a B&W and silent film is released the year after another one like that wins the Best Picture Oscar, I think did hurt a little Blancanieves. Even though, apparently, the project started before The Artist was made, so there was no copying from each other whatsoever. Having said that, it is amazing how B&W, silent films can produce strong emotions, at least as powerful as "traditional (today) films can be. Beautiful photography, and wonderful sets alone would make this film worth seeing. Add to that a good story, great direction, and an extraordinary music score, and this film is a winner.… Expand
5The title means Snow White in Spanish, so there's the plot. It's set in the early 20th century world of bull fighting, but the big twist: it's in black and white and silent (except for the musical soundtrack and some intertitles). The cinematography is rich and there are period cinematic elements (overlapping images, gimmicky transitions). In an effort to create this stylized approach, the performances come off as stilted. The inevitable comparisons to "The Artist" leave this film lacking in originality or ingenuity.… Expand
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