Tale of Tales
aka Il racconto dei racconti
First screened in June 2016
Director: Matteo Garrone. Cast: Salma Hayek, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Toby Jones, Bebe Cave, Vincent Cassel, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, John C. Reilly, Guillaume Delaunay, Franco Pistoni, Laura Pizzirani, Stacy Martin, Kathryn Hunter. Screenplay: Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Matteo Garrone, and Massimo Gaudioso (based on the fairy tale collection Lo cunto de li cunti overo lo trattenemiento de peccerille by Giambattista Basile).

Twitter Capsule: Arabian Nights, Vol 3½: The Ersatz One. Stilted international coproduction, emptily opulent. Some insouciant moments.

VOR:   Devotees of mise-en-scène and practical effects should take note. In the steadily crowded field of fairy-tale adaptations, this one's tone and structure are distinct.

Photo © 2015 Archimede/Le Pacte/Rai Cinema,
© 2016 IFC Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C

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