Blancanieves (2012)

Pablo Berger directs Maribel Verdú, Macarena García and Daniel Giménez Gacho in this monochrome warping of the Snow White fairy tale stealing its look from 1920s silent cinema and centring around a bullfighting dynasty.

A magical, often very sexy, pastiche. It could move a little faster in the opening stretch… this Snow White doesn’t become the fairest of them all until well after the midway point. The matador backdrop will prove distasteful to some. Yet any film that adds a mischievous chicken as an agent of narrative change is alright by me.



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