Blancanieves or Snow White in English, is a work of intricate detail that will soften the heart of every staunch film puritan. Shot in black and white with no spoken dialogue, it is a film that not only pays homage to, but perfects the original film genre.
It is majestically scored, combining chamber and symphony arrangement with traditional flamenco music that is placed so delicately as to boil the blood of viewers.
Blancanieves is brilliantly cast. The performances give justification to the reawakening of silent film – a thousand words are spoken with every single picture.
Quite simply, this film is the reason celluloid was invented, there are shots that would have made Orson Wells feel insecure. (LC)
BY LUKE COX