2011’s The Artist brought silent film out of the archives and back into the consciousness of the masses and there’s little to no doubt in my mind that Blancanieves will continue to inspire young filmmakers to think about the possibilities silent film may have to offer.
Spanish Director Pablo Berger sets us down in 1920’s Spain with a young Carmen, who finds safety with a band of bullfighting dwarves after her step mother tries to have her killed. I’d call that a rather unique twist on the classic fairy tale.
Lacking any form of audible dialogue, composer Alfonso de Vilallonga brings a romantic flamenco score that moves the film frame by frame in a way I’ve never seen before. What do you think, does silent film have what it takes to captivate you?