Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Lilith et Adalia Cinema Presents: Tale of Tales (2015 Film)

It's been a while, hasn't it? But don't worry because today we bring a gift! A gift called "Tale of Tales" in our ongoing "Lilith et Adalia Cinema Presents" series. "Tale of Tales" directed by Matteo Garone is a wonder combination of fantasy, horror and whimsy. A film of three tales that all share a common theme while being intertwined. It is an adaptation of tales by poet Giambattista Basile, which contains early versions of famous fair tales such as Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.
In this tale we meet the Queen of Longtrellis. A Queen who appears to have everything. The devotion of her royal subjects, the love of her husband the King of Longtrellis and... well not everything. What she truly desires most of all is a child and she is willing to sacrifice even her life for that. Once she is granted the gift of childbirth all things seem to go well until she realizes that the child she loves more than anything in the world does not share the same devotion of her. As this story unravels, we see just how far she'll go to remain as the one he loves the most.

Our next tale "The Flea" tells the story of the King of Highhills and his daughter Princess Violet. The Princess didn't ask for much except that her father help her find a husband, someone smart and handsome. Her devoted father promises, but soon become distant once his attention and adoration is directed towards something more captivating a Flea... Yes, a Flea. Never would you imagine that something so small could put such a big strain on the relationship between a father and daughter, that is until it's time for the King to fulfill his promise of procuring a husband for his daughter.

Our last tale "The Two Old Women" begins with the lustful King Strongcliff hearing the lovely singing of a fair maiden. But little does he know is that his fair maiden (that he could not see from afar) is actually an elderly woman. The King soon becomes consumed with seeing the face of the woman he's fallen in love with. While the woman and becomes obsessed with trying to conceal herself and keep up a charade to procure a good life for herself and her sister. Soon things begin to go past the point of no return.

One of the main themes throughout each tale is selfishness. Most of the main characters are thoughtless with such a strong desire for something, so strong that they don't see how it affects the others in their life. The Queens desire to keep her son close, the Kings desire and affection for his pet Flea and an Elderly woman's desire to feel young and hold the attention of a King.

'Tale of Tales" is a beautifully poetic and lavishly set film. If you're a lover of Brothers Grimm fairy tales and films directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Terry Gilliam, Tarsem Singh and Tim Burton than this is a movie for you. We didn't even get a chance to show off some of the beautiful costume designs for this feature.
Thank you for reading! What are your favorite fairy-tale themed films? Leave us a comment and we'll be sure to check it out if we haven't already seen it.