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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a piece of work
Watched this on a flight from San Francisco,and have never seen a film like it.Truly made it's mark on me. Based on the Snow White fairytale,it is beautiful and mesmerising,emotional,and oh so clever. It is a silent film,with subtitles,but this only adds ,and does not detract from the brilliance that is this movie.Six stars worth for me really.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Odd but virtuoso
Very good movie, both dramatic and ironical. Two wonderful actresses and mise en scène of stunning virtuosity.
The BD encoding seems not at the top, with b/w that turns to green.
Published 3 months ago by mario tedeschi turco


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a piece of work, 23 July 2013
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This review is from: Blancanieves (Region 2) (DVD)
Watched this on a flight from San Francisco,and have never seen a film like it.Truly made it's mark on me. Based on the Snow White fairytale,it is beautiful and mesmerising,emotional,and oh so clever. It is a silent film,with subtitles,but this only adds ,and does not detract from the brilliance that is this movie.Six stars worth for me really.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully idiosyncratic and modern silent film, 22 Mar 2014
This review is from: Blancanieves (Region 2) (DVD)
It has been said the greatest tragedy of silent film is that its era was too brief. It seems Hollywood belatedly agreed with this assessment when they named The Artist (2011, dir. Michael Hazanavicius) only the second silent film to win a Best Picture Oscar (the first was 1927′s Wings, directed by William A. Wellman). The Artist had a somewhat conventionally plotted narrative, clearly patterned after Star is Born (1937, also directed by Wellman), which was perhaps apt, as it borrows silence to portray a silent film. However, its charm and an infectious love of the era won it numerous accolades. Following close on The Artist‘s heels came Blancanieves (2012 dir. Pablo Berger), which did not get nearly the recognition The Artist did, but is the better film. Blancanieves almost feels as indebted to Guy Maddin as it does to the silent era, which may have kept it from attaining the populist status afforded The Artist.

Fifty-year-old NYU film grad Pablo Berger chose a familiar story: the Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” This adaptation came on the heels of Hollywood’s pedestrian Snow White And The Huntsman (which predictably made a gazillion dollars) but represents a much darker, idiosyncratic telling of the tale. Berger grasps an important aesthetic of silent film: its sense of otherworldliness. Berger clearly relishes a hallucinatory texture akin to such silent artists such as Tod Browning or Erich Von Stroheim. He transplants the story, brimming with humor and tragically latent left-field sexuality, into and around the arena of Spanish bullfights.

The famous toreador Antonio Villalta (Daniel Gimenez Cacho) dispenses of a quintet of bulls, only to be gored by the sixth (the bulls were actually killed, which sparked boycotts by animal rights advocates). Villalta’s pregnant wife Carmen de Triana (Inma Cuesta) witnesses his maiming, which renders him a quadriplegic. This sends Carmen into premature labor, which proves fatal after delivering her namesake. Villalta’s anesthesiologist, Encarna (Maribel Verdú) sees opportunity and maneuvers to marry the tragedy-stricken celebrity, which puts his infant daughter under the care of her grandmother.

As young Carmen grows, she is never allowed to visit her father. After her grandmother’s death, Carmen is transferred to her father’s estate and sadistic stepmother Encarna. Chopping off Carmen’s hair, butchering her pet rooster, and separating a daughter from her imprisoned, suffering invalid father are the tenets of this quintessentially evil fairy tale mommie dearest.

Reconciliation between father and daughter is managed, albeit briefly, but long enough to tap Carmen’s genetic talents. After her father’s death, Carmen barely escapes being a victim of filicide, and hauntingly evokes Mary Pickford as she merges into the grown daughter (played by Macarena Garcia) of both natural parents. Ecarna’s henchman one-ups her Disney counterpart by trying to rape Carmen before plunging the knife, which gets him gored by the feisty daughter of Villalta. Left for dead, Carmen is adopted by seven dwarf matadors.

A career in the ring follows, and, naturally, Carmen and the Los Enanitos Toreros develop a special bond. Blancanieves is equal parts pure joy and delirious darkness (with one of its most perverse scenes being staffers having their photographs taken with a celebrity corpse—shades of a finale to come). Such idiosyncrasy probably does not afford a happily-ever-after option. After learning that her believed-to-be-dead stepdaughter is the new matador taking Spain by storm, Encarna murders her henchman for having failed in his job, and proceeds to the arena with poisoned apple in hand. Blancanieves concludes on a perverse shocker, worthy of Luis Buñuel.

Like many silent film artists, Berger approaches the seedier elements with good aesthetic taste; the difference being that past artists were required to take such an approach due to period censorship, while Berger chooses to be indirect—and, consequently, gives the film a surprisingly modern vibe.

*my review originally appeared at 366 weird movies
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blancavieves, 17 Nov 2013
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A beautiful film with wonderful cinematography, it has drama, humour, pathos and much more. There are dark moments, but overall the story is tender and uplifting. The characterisations and performances are exceptional. .
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, silent, adult re-telling of "Snow White", 9 May 2013
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This review is from: Blancanieves (Region B) (Blu-ray)
The professional reviews for this were so ecstatic that I may have been
a bit over-hyped, and felt a twinge of disappointment in seeing it,
which is not to say I didn't quite enjoy it

Entertaining and beautifully made, this is another modern black & while
silent film, this one an adult re-telling of the Snow White myth.
There's no denying the technical virtuosity on display, and the ways
that film-maker Berger finds to update the tale to Spain in the 1920s,
center the story around bullfighting, and still stay true to the
original story are clever and sometimes very amusing.

What was missing for me was a deeper layer of emotion. I appreciated
and respected the film, but it was too much a fairy tale for me to
believe in it, yet too real for me to be carried away into a fantasy.
That said, it's good enough that I will gladly re-visit it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A familiar story retold...beautifully, 9 Jun 2014
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This modern, that is set in the 1920's, filmed in Black & White and is a silent film, retelling of the Snow White (Blancanieves) is a gem. Superbly capturing the feel of early film making, storytelling & characterisation. The two main female leads, Maribel Verdú & Macarena García are perfectly cast. The music score is excellent and evocative, adding to the suspense and drama. See it and you will rememer it. A modern reinvention that supercedes earlier versions of this tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, 30 Aug 2013
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It took a few minutes to get into the format of this film. It was cleverly done. I liked it very much. As the title says - Snow White but with a twist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long siesta, 5 Dec 2013
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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Black and White silent film based on a fairy tale....ho hum.

But as Bettelheim noted in his work on the meaning of fairy tales, they contain some vivid truths about the real world, whilst wrapped up in the paper of fantasy. However this film is no fantasy, as the story appears somewhat real, making the transition from a little bedtime story for children, which if reflected upon was somewhat nightmarish, to something stark and depressing in its depictions of "child cruelty."

When Grimm copied the story and later marketed it, the underlying nature of what they were finding was an everyday world where children were naturally beaten, starved and killed by malevolent adults, some of whom were relatives, parents or friends. Yesteryear children were not so much nurtured as tolerated. The sense of loving was a modern invention. This story is about the wicked stepmother and the deep hatred she has for her step daughter and how she wants to colonise her fammilies soul. It has many similarities with the Anne Cooper Hewitt case in the USA for example and well worth looking this up.

Steeped in the harsh blanco noir worlds of 1920's Spain, dominated by the fetish for killing bulls as mass entertainment, the hangover from the Roman Empire, this backdrop also towers over this story. It is about the world of connections and emotions but with a dark undercurrent running throughout, touching upon S&M.

Filmed in homage to the early silent films, but do not be put off, as the acting over rides the somewhat ham acting of the era, to display a natural sheen where the silent is no longer resoundingly evident. Instead the soundtrack takes precedence along with the cinematic photography.

This is startling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great family film, 23 Aug 2013
The greatest adaptation of Snow White I've ever seen, and the best family film since.. Spirited Away? Babe? Muppets Christmas Carol? no, better.. When you start comparing it to other family films you realise how light most of them are. This one is silent and black and white, I was sceptical of this at first because I don't understand why modern silent films have to be B&W and set in the 20's, let's have some colour and contemporary stories in silence please? But this suits the fairy tale aura of it. And it's dark, grim even. Most of the characters we're introduced to at the start are dead half way through, love goes unfulfilled, it has bullfighting, and the most problematic part of the Snow White story - the kiss by a suitable man (who's willing to take advantage of a sleeping girl) to wake her up - is given a lovely twist.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Movie, 30 Mar 2013
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B. KELLY "eclectic chick" (Fife, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blancanieves (Region 2) (DVD)
This is a modern silent black and white movie a la "The Artist". Based on the Grimm Bros fairy tale of Snow White, but set in Spain and the world of bullfighting. An hour and a half of totally engrossing movie, superb acting and with a quite unexpected ending.

I saw it in the cinema so can't comment on the DVD only the film itself which I loved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFULLY SHOT, 13 April 2014
A clever spin which is beautifully shot in black and white and well acted. Its a delight from start to finish.
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