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Blancanieves (2012)

Maribel Verdú (Pan s Labyrinth) , Daniel Giménez Cacho (Get The Gringo) , Pablo Berger  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maribel Verdú (Pan s Labyrinth), Daniel Giménez Cacho (Get The Gringo), Ángela Molina (That Obscure Object of Desire)
  • Directors: Pablo Berger
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Cohen Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,832 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Once upon a time there was a girl named Carmen, 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 dwarves, and became a legend. A re-telling of the classic Snow White, Blancanieves is a breathtakingly beautiful homage to the black-and-white Golden Age of European silent cinema, set in a romanticized 1920s Seville.
Bonus Features: The Making-of Blancanieves, Director s introduction, Blancanieves: Live Concert in Barcelona & Madrid.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Despite its warm critical reception in its native country of Spain, I still wasn't overly excited to check out Pablo Berger's "Blancanieves." I'm not sure why exactly. An updating of Snow White done as a silent film set in the world of bullfighting: perhaps it seemed a bit too high concept, a little too precious for its own good. But knowing that the movie had won the 2013 Goya Award for Best Film (Spain's equivalent of the Academy Award) and was selected as their official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, I felt compelled to check it out. Boy, am I glad that I didn't listen to myself! From the opening scenes, I was captivated by this dark and lovely tale. Somehow it manages to be true to the essence of the Grimm fairy tale on which it was based while serving as an eloquent homage to a movie era gone by. In equal measures, the experience is lush and romantic, dark and scary, and fantastical and whimsical. With minimal dialogue (on classic silent movie screen cards), Berger deftly balances these disparate tones and has created something that seems wholly unique. Despite my initial reluctance to commit, I was utterly charmed by this piece.

The tale starts on a very dark day. A famous bullfighter (Daniel Giménez Cacho) faces a terrible ordeal in the ring which causes his pregnant wife to go into labor. When all is said and done, the bullfighter is paralyzed and the young mother has lost her life. Little Carmen (Sofía Oria) still struggles to have a normal childhood with her grandmother, but her existence will forever be altered when she is forced to move in with her ailing dad and his sadistic new bride (a terrific Maribel Verdú, a long way from her "Y tu mamá también" days).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snow White...again? November 8, 2013
Last year, when ‘Blancanieves’ was released (yes, this was released in 2012 over in Spain and was submitted, but rejected, to the Academy for the Foreign Language Film category), there was a lot of murmuring over the internet about the fact that this was a silent film. Ignorant ‘wannabe’ cinephiles were balking at it, calling it a gimmick and accusing it of capitalizing on the sudden rush of fame (and Academy embrace) of 2011’s ‘The Artist’. This was such a sad happening because we simply don’t have enough creativity in film these days, and a rebirth of the silent film genre would hopefully spark some newfound imagination in filmmakers. While it has become almost cool to ‘poo-poo’ all over ‘The Artist’ as being shamelessly gimmicky and Academy pandering, I still love the film. No, it doesn’t make my top ten of 2011, but I still really enjoyed it and while it has some pretty lazy screenwriting, it has loads of charm and flash and made me smile ear to ear with each viewing.

Dismissing ‘Blancanieves’ simply because you are fearing or expecting ‘The Artist’ redux is a shame, because this film is FAR different in tone and construction and manages to not just be a very good film, it is a BETTER film for many reasons.

‘Blancanieves’ attempts to put yet another twist on the ‘Snow White’ story. Yes, 2012 was stupid with ‘Snow White’ remakes, and while the two US releases (‘Mirror Mirror’ and ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’) may have soured you to the idea of a modern cinematic take on the fable, I encourage you to forget your quibbles and just give Pablo Berger’s inspired take a try. Yes, it is in black and white. Yes, it is silent. Yes, it is foreign.

Who cares!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different adaptation of the famed fairy tale. February 28, 2014
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NOT FOR CHILDREN. This is for adults. It has violence and sexual scenes. If you want something cutesy, get the Disney animated feature.

I first watched this movie on a flight to Europe and enjoyed it immensely. I bought the DVD so my wife and I could watch it on a large screen and loved it even more the second time around.


It is the early years of the 20th century and a famous matador is gored by a bull. The same day, his wife dies giving birth to their daughter. The daughter is raised until around 9 or 10 by grandmother, who dies on the day of her Christening. She is forced to live with the gold-digging, ruthless stepmother who keeps her now quadraplegic father in a second floor bedroom. Years later, the father is killed, and the girl is presumed murdered by the step-mother's lover, the chauffeur. The girl has amnesia... I will not spoil the rest

It is a sometimes surreal and realistic portrayal of love and loss.

The movie pays homage to the silent era, with beautiful music and stunning B&W cinematography. The adaptation is often touching and sad (with pieces of dark humor). Early 20th century Spain is meticulously recreated. The story is very well written. The acting (with many famed European actors/actresses) may seem melodramatic, but that is also a way of paying homage to the silent era.

I would highly recommend.

5 of 5 Amazon stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most beautiful silent movie I've ever seen. January 15, 2014
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WOW. If you're a movie buff like I am, this film is an absolute "must-see." An interesting takeoff on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale,
it instantly weaves a sense of allure in you that is without peer. The visual imagery is simply beyond compare, every, single frame a thing of beauty, like a classic painting. Along with a dedicated, full orchestra score to go along with it, an amazing experience. It's so well conceived that you won't even notice that it's actually a silent picture. Just put your cares on hold, and let yourself get swept up in the magic of this modern day classic. Fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Proving yet again that dialog is optional to engaging cinema, Señora Verdú is a marvel of facial and bodily expression.
Published 5 days ago by rll
5.0 out of 5 stars Not A Hollywood Ending!
This film won 10 Goyas, the Spanish Oscar, last year and deservedly so. It is film-making at its best; visually stunning and no special effects. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Skip
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
It's a silent movie. Oh, there's music, if you want it...but it's silent. You won't miss a thing. It's also black and white, and may I say, very artistically done. Death... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lola's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully idiosyncratic and modern silent film
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by THE BLUEMAHLER
4.0 out of 5 stars Snow White in the 1920s, Andalucía
You may not know this Goya-winning Spanish film, but you do know the story. “Blancanieves” is the Snow White fairy tale by a Bilbao-born director Pablo Berger who has a very unique... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tsuyoshi
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
i love this film .it was fresh and different . i enjoy every thing about this film . every single friend i know love it .
Published 6 months ago by Maria A. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars A new standard fir Cinematography
Wonderfully imaginative take on a classic story. Visually stunning! Not a cookie cutter movie. This is like the indie films that made you fall in love with the movies. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tom Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film
As a lover of silent films, this did not disappoint. It was chock full of wonderful acting, great music, and lovely cinematography.
Published 6 months ago by M. Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvel of Visual Storytelling
This stunning retelling of the Snow White legend makes the recent "Snow White and the Huntsman" look like the garbage it is. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Geoffrey Hayes
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid
Not a children's movie. The acting was superb. Was really upset by some of the things in the plot that I thought where unnecessarily indecent. I was also upset by the ending. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brandy G. Davis
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English Subtitles ???
It's an exquisite silent film. I'm assuming the intermittent explanatory panels will be in English on the Dvd, because that's how it was in the version I saw at the theater.
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