(2012)

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100
Pablo Berger's Blancanieves is the purest, boldest re-imagining of silent cinema yet.
100
It is a full-bodied silent film of the sort that might have been made by the greatest directors of the 1920s, if such details as the kinky sadomasochism of this film's evil stepmother could have been slipped past the censors.
100
It is extremely pleasurable to watch, and shows every sign of having been extremely pleasurable to make.
90
The silents, as this film suggests, achieved aesthetic marvels before sound came along to set things back for a while.
88
Best of all: the musical score by Alfonso de Vilallonga. It's terrific - witty, symphonically lush and shrewdly informed by flamenco strains throughout.
80
We're not in Disney's world. Berger knows his Grimm, and he suffuses his entrancing fairy tale with a moving sense of melancholy.
80
Berger's film is still far more magical than it is macabre. And so although a black-and-white, foreign-film adaptation of a very familiar tale might, indeed, be a hard sell, audiences who buy into it are in for an undeniably rewarding movie-going experience. In a word: ¡Ole!
75
Brimming over with sadism and the occasional touch of kink, Blancanieves piles on the pathology that's the birthright of any fairy tale worth its salt. Yet it's still a tale of lost innocence, and Berger keeps faith with a prototype revered by the Disneys and the Grimms alike: the resilient, enterprising girl who overcomes wave after wave of adversity.
75
Blancanieves is funny, inventive and daring enough to change the story's ending, going out on a note of bittersweet, unexpected melancholy.
75
While the story, shorn of its supernatural elements, is mired in abuse and tragedy, its effect is sensual and superficial.
50
Pablo Berger digs for emotional intensity in his gothic retelling of Snow White and only uncovers layers of gloss.

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