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Movie Review: TALE OF TALES

When I review an old movie, usually after I have literally re-viewed it, or on occasion after I have seen one of the old ones for the first time (I’ve managed to miss a few here and there), I will title my summation “Revisiting the Classics.” Even though the Italian/French/British film TALE OF TALES came out only three years ago, I almost chose to head this post up with “reviewing the classics” because it is that good. With gorgeous location filming, richly-colored, lush cinematography, good acting, and some great technical effects, TALE OF TALES, directed by Matteo Garrone, is truly an instant classic.

Based on three relatively obscure fairy tales found in the PENTAMERONE written in the 1600s by poet Giambattista Basile (which also contains the earliest known recordings of such tales as Rapunzel, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, and Sleeping Beauty), the film is a loosely-connected anthology piece with monsters and magic aplenty. These are fairy tales as they existed in their original form, before they were sanitized by the Victorians and turned into kiddie fare. Featuring an old crone who finds her youth and beauty returned to her after suckling at the breast of a mysterious stranger and a jealous queen transformed into a gigantic bat, there are vampiric themes at play even if there are no out-and-out revenants in the movie; there’s enough nudity and sex to guarantee it an R-rating, and enough blood to qualify it as a Horror flick as much as a Fantasy. Check this one out.

TheCheezman • January 18, 2019


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