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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.
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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.
FOLLOWING MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS:
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.
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).Read more ›
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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I watched this in a theater and thoroughly enjoyed it, then streamed it from Amazon to share with my mother-in-law. It was bizarrely captivating, but in a good way. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Livia
I had expected this to be a Spanish Language film. I was taken aback when it turned out to be a silent film with english title cards.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I think this movie is such a beautiful retelling of Snow White. Incredibly well cast. Overall it is a truly captivating film.Published 3 months ago by Megan Betancourt
Laden with awards; entered as Best Foreign Language Film for the 2013 Oscars; it seems rather churlish to criticize Pablo Berger's silent retelling of the Snow White myth, bearing... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
Do yourself a favor: just buy it already. It won't be available on Netflix forever. And while you're at it, buy "The Artist" as well. They make a great double feature.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer