Friday, 15 May 2015

Tale of Tales: the latest fairy tale film offering

Tale of Tales is being lauded as the star of Cannes, according to The Guardian, and on the spectrum of fairy tale adaptations it falls easily on to the side of dark and creepy. 

This is not a retelling of a popular tale or an angsty examination of a misunderstood villain; instead it is a collection of stories based on the seventeenth century writings of Giambattista Basile, who predates more familliar household names such as Grimm, Andersen or Perrault.

The full review in The Guardian can be read here. It sounds like the sort of off-beat comedy that will perfectly complement the ridiculous and macabre storylines that are often seen in fairy tales, but mostly ignored in popular culture. I wonder if it marks the start of a new direction for film adaptations?