There’s a lot of Snow White around right now, so I wrote about it for the Telegraph.
Everything’s coming up Snow White. Last week I saw my third film version in one year. Blancanieves, an exquisite black & white silent movie from Spanish director Pablo Berger, follows Tarsem Singh’s Mirror, Mirror (showcasing the final work of the late Eiko Ishioka, costume designer extraordinaire) and Snow White and the Huntsman, now probably best known for the offscreen shenanigans between its director and leading lady, Kristen Stewart. And two new books containing versions of the story have been published – Poison by Sarah Pinborough, and Twisted Fairy Tales by Maura McHugh.
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I urge you to see Blancanieves, if you get a chance. It really is wonderful, and it made me cry.
I recently revisited Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), primarily to see how much screentime the Evil Queen had – less than 12 minutes, in all, yet she left an indelible impression on generations of children. Anyhow, various things occurred to me while I was watching, so I ended up more or less live-tweeting it.
“Snow White’s mother wished for a daughter who was white, black & red? Would
have been great if she’d come out with black skin & white hair.”
“When Snow White lets all those wild animals into the dwarves’ house, it’s a
good thing they don’t defecate everywhere.”
“If one of the dwarves is a Doc, how come he’s working down mines & not
operating on people? What kind of Khmer Rouge regime is this anyway?”
“The Wicked Queen needs a magic spell to “change my queenly raiment to a
pedlar’s cloak”? Hello! Why doesn’t she just CHANGE HER CLOTHES?”
“Evil Queen Cocktail = mummy dust + black of night + old hag’s cackle +
scream of fright + blast of wind + thunderbolt”
“If Evil Queen can harness thunderbolts & wind & other cool stuff, WHY THE
HELL is she so obsessed with winning a provincial beauty contest?”
“The King is strangely absent from Disney’s Snow White. I wonder
if he was evil too, or just weak, or maybe dead, or in a coma.”
“Disney never says what happened to the Huntsman who fooled Evil Queen with
a boar’s heart. I bet she had him tortured & his family killed.”
“She is actually a failed cannibal. She THOUGHT she was
eating Snow White’s heart, but it was just a pig’s.”
The very wonderful Jonathan Romney has alerted me to the existence of BRANCA DE NEVE (2000) by controversial avant-garde Portuguese film-maker João César Monteiro – a version of Snow White consisting mostly of a blank screen, with audio track. Here it is on YouTube, though alas without English subtitles.
- Review: Poison, By Sarah Pinborough (independent.co.uk)
- EXCLUSIVE: ‘Blancanieves’ Clip Reimagines Snow White As A 1920s Matador − No Bull (movieline.com)
- Kristen Stewart Becoming Evil In ‘Snow White’ Sequel? First Plot Details (hollywoodlife.com)