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thumbnail Tale of Tales (2015, Italy)

Event, Fantasy, Genre, Horror , trackback

Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson
Genre: Fantasy horror
Duration: 134 mins

Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales is based on three folk myths collected and published by the 16th-century Neapolitan poet and scholar Giambattista Basile, of whom the Brothers Grimm were big fans. Unlike the fairy tales we’re used to, there are no straightforward morals to be swallowed, and the ever-afters aren’t all that obviously happy. Sweet dreams quickly curdle to swirling nightmares. It is a masterpiece of black-comic bad taste and a positive carnival of transgression in which everything is treated with deadpan seriousness.

Screening Date: 7-Aug-16

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