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Blancanieves (2012)

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A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter.

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Pablo Berger

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Pablo Berger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Antonio Villalta
Ramón Barea ... Don Martín
Inma Cuesta ... Carmen de Triana
Ángela Molina ... Doña Concha
Ignacio Mateos ... Fotógrafo plaza
Maribel Verdú ... Encarna
Carmen Belloch Carmen Belloch ... Enfemera mayor
Teresa Soria Ruano Teresa Soria Ruano ... Enfermera joven
Sofía Oria Sofía Oria ... Carmencita
Lito Lito ... Gallo Pepe (as Lito y Tomás)
Tomás Tomás ... Gallo Pepe (as Lito y Tomás)
Pere Ponce Pere Ponce ... Genaro
Carmen Segarra Carmen Segarra ... Milagros
Pep Ferrer ... Pintor
Manel Castillejos Manel Castillejos ... Fotógrafo entierro
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Storyline

A band of bullfighting dwarfs save the life of a young woman with amnesia. They end up taking her under their wing when they find out that she has seemingly natural skills as a bullfighter, upon which they can capitalize not only for their act but for her own personal gain. As she does not know her name or background, the dwarfs coin her Blancanieves, after the famed fairy tale. What they are all unaware of is that she is really Carmen, the daughter of the once great matador, Antonio Villalta. On the day Carmen was born, her father suffered a career ending accident, and her mother died in childbirth. Her father quickly remarried his nurse, the evil Encarna. Although raised by her grandmother during her early years, Carmen, following the death of her grandmother, went to live with Encarna while an adolescent, Encarna who treated her as a slave. Carmen eventually found her disabled father, who was hidden away and treated poorly by Encarna. In the meantime, Encarna was cavorting with the... Written by Huggo

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Once upon a time, there was an enchanting tale of venomous charm. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent content and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | Belgium | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

28 September 2012 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Snow White See more »

Filming Locations:

Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,264, 31 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$279,735

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,585,522
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (opening sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Pablo Berger developed the project for eight years before being able to shoot it. Maribel Verdú came aboard in 2006 after a conversation with Berger and stuck with it. See more »

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Antonio Villalta: [to Carmen de Triana] For you, and for our unborn child!
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Connections

Featured in What Is Cinema? (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Zapateando
Written by Chicuelo (as Juan Gómez "Chicuelo")
Performed by Chicuelo (as Juan Gómez "Chicuelo")
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This silent rendition of the classic Snow White tale rivals not only last year's The Artist but Disney's own essential version.
26 June 2013 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

Although The Artist, the first Best Picture winner I've agreed with in a long time, took the mainstream by storm of its silent film renaissance style, Blancanieves is a similar revivial, if not as self-referential, and is on par with The Artist. Silent cinema in the modern age feels like it offers a brand new way of expressive cinema and Blancanieves is oozing with expression. With textured black and white shots and energetic editing, it's a rush of raw inspiration, making full use of the frame. With such a timeless story, there's a risk of it being a complete retread, but Blancanieves tells it in such a refreshing and unpredictable way in which I was constantly looking for the famous plot points and then pleasantly surprised me when it's revealed which character is playing what role. It's a film with such a warmth for the characters and builds their relationships in a great archetypal way. With its great pace, it hits story beats efficiently and I was never bored and always caught off guard with its reinventions, with the bullfighting angle implemented seamlessly. The highlight is the fantastic score, which also rivals The Artist, with its variety of styles, the best parts being when it has flamenco influences. Blancanieves is a very entertaining and tragic rendition of a great story that avoids sentimentality all the way. Although it winds down a little in the last third where it's run out of steam too much to develop the seven dwarfs fairly, its highs are still strong. One of the best the year has to offer and rivals Disney's own Snow White.

9/10


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