Movie review: Silence is golden in fairy tale remake Blancanieves (with trailer)


Starring: Mirabel Verdu, Macarena Garcia

Directed by: Pablo Berger

Running time: 104 minutes

Parental guidance: Adult themes, mild sexual situations

(Mostly silent with English intertitles)

Rating: 3½ stars out of 5

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

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