Reviews - Tale Of Tales
Tale Of Tales
Reviewed By Stephen Pye
The film is heavily influenced by the work of Italo Calvino(one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century) who himself spent two years collecting Italian fairy stories. Like Calvino Garrone recognises the anarchy and delirium in the fairy-tale tradition, and that anarchy and delirium, properly orchestrated, can do us good. (If we can't dream to abundance or excess, what's the point of dreaming?) The menu here is libertine allegorising, royally prepared: a sea monster's heart cooked by a virgin for a queen; a king's pet flea, bred on blood, growing gigantic; a crone flaying herself to become a beauty, an ogre with his captive princess in a spectacular mountain lair. Add four good actors without a nationality in common — Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly — to prove again that fairy tales were the first, best and most enduringly meaningful form of globalism.
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