Trend No. 1: Silent movies, which were put on hold for 85 years after Al Jolson started talking in The Jazz Singer, have reclaimed their charm. Last year, they also reclaimed an Oscar for The Artist, a French billet doux to Hollywood that was a miracle of good cheer.
Trend No. 2: Snow White is hot again, having been reconfigured (in Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman) as a feisty young heroine who has found a new home in an era of vampires, werewolves and other fairy tale fantasies.
Put them together and you have Blancanieves, a silent version of Snow White, transferred to 1920s Spain. Rather than a tribute to the magic of the movies, it’s a re-creation of the silent era with all of its glorious expressionism and grand emotions. “We had faces then,” said Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, recalling the silent days, and Blancanieves stands as