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A fresh reworking of an age-old story
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Sometimes a project seems to be cursed by bad luck. Back in 2005 director Pablo Berger
presented his producers with a script for a silent film in black and white with music. Doubts
about whether the concept was viable and the problems caused by a production like this went on long enough for another filmmaker, Michael Hazanavicius, to get in first and have a world-wide hit with The Artist.

Berger acknowledged that this annoyed him a bit, “insofar as it made us lose the effect of
surprise, which I think is vital”. But as every cloud has a silver lining, the fact is that in the
wake of The Artist, they had created a sense of expectation that meant they had already sold the film to a lot of countries. He also pointed out that whereas the Artist was a nostalgic vision of American silent films, Blancanieves was a bit more daring and was inspired by 1920s European cinema.


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