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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 04.20.15] fantasy experimental



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Fairy tales have some of the most vivid imagery of monsters and magic and are certainly some of the most violent stories around. Why they are not crafted for an adult audience more often is beyond me. Terry Gilliam lives in this world comfortably for sure, but guys, this is something else entirely and I'm so excited about this film.


Tale of Tales comes from director Matteo Garrone's who's Gomorrah and Reality were incredibly well received. From that goodwill he's assembled a stellar cast to bring the work of Giambattista Basile to life.


Basille is chiefly remembered for writing the collection of Neapolitan fairy tales titled "Lo cunto de li cunti overo lo trattenemiento de peccerille" ("The Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones") (source).


Tale of Tales reminds me of the kind of films that were made in Europe in the 70s. Something ambitious, dark and whimsical I would have caught on late night TV and gone WTF? I love this.





Tale of Tales stars John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones mong others. It premiers at Cannes.


Recommended Release: "Gilliamesque: My Pre-posthumous Memoir"




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