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Rated PG-13 · 104 min. · 2013


Even though it's a black-and-white silent movie, Blancanieves throbs with castanets and snorting bulls, evoking the seething passions of early 20th century Seville. Snow White, which is what the title translates too, is having a pop culture moment, and you may think you are fed up with her. But this Grimm vision, written and directed by Pablo Berger (with an evocative score by Alfonso de Vilalonga) surpasses other recent adaptations. Carmencita (Sofiá Oria as a girl, Macarena Garcia grown-up) is the daughter of a famous torero, but when her mother dies, she quails at the mercy of the Meanest Stepmother Ever (Maribel Verdú). Destiny leads an amnesiac Carmencita to a cadre of bullfighting dwarves. The success of The Artist has cracked the door open for a slim silent film renaissance, and Blancanieves, gorgeously designed and featuring flights of 1920s cinema visual synergy, is exquisitely beautiful, funny, thrilling and ultimately, haunting.

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Director: Pablo Berger
Writer: Pablo Berger
Cast: Maribel Verdú, Ángela Molina, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Inma Cuesta, Macarena García, Pere Ponce, Ramón Barea, Josep Maria Pou and Emilio Gavira



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