Princess Florecita and the Iron Shoes by John Warren StewigThis tale immediately reminded me of others of its ilk, such as “Snow White”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon” and “The Enchanted Pig”. In this story, as in the latter two stated here, there is a gender switch; the damsel in distress is actually a man, a sleeping prince enchanted by a wicked magician.
While the illustrations are expressive and realistic, featuring a determined, brave and selfless princess and the kindly old women she meets (this story is heavily distaff oriented), many aspects of the story left me unsatisfied. The prince himself (who goes unnamed) never makes an appearance until the very end of the story. We know he is kind and selfless because we are told so, not through any shown or specific action on his part. There is a broad hint that Florecita may have met him before she begins her epic journey. But she basically sets out to help because a bird tells her to do so, with such difficult conditions laid out you wonder why she bothers.
Is she bored, restless, lonely, looking for a husband? What, exactly, spurs a pampered young princess to leave her comfortable home without notifying or consulting anyone except some random avian to go gallivanting off to find a distant unknown snoring royal? Princes do it all the time in other stories but there is at least some impetus—they seek fortune, have to slay a dangerous beast, help an ailing parent or they’ve seen a picture of the said beauty and are madly smitten with it. Going after someone sight unseen seems a little idiotic.
There’s also no explanation about the magician’s enchantment save that he did so out of envy. Envy of what? The prince’s good looks, his kingdom, his reputation? A baffling excuse, really. Also, Florecita and the prince fall in love at once, with hardly any conversation or even a kiss!
Taking all this into account, I started considering other fairy tales of this sort. Princes fall in love with silent or slumbering women all the time but at least the story gives us some insight about the ladies first. We know Snow White was envied by her stepmother because of her great beauty. We also know that SW is a hardworking, good, kind girl by her caretaking of the dwarves. In “The Enchanted Pig” and “East of the Sun”, girls are forced to marry animals but they spend time together with their bespelled husbands and get to know each another before tragedy befalls.
None of that is present in this tale, which places it among the more trivial fairy tales of this sort. Princess Florecita and the Iron Shoes squeaks by because of the reversal of the usual gender roles but that earns it only a grudging pass not wholehearted recommendation.
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Blancanieves is Pablo Berger's magical Spanish transposition of the Snow White myth into the thrilling arena of bullfighting and flamenco. Opening tomorrow in New York at the Paris as well as the Angelika, this sumptuous black-and-white silent drama is cause not only for celebration, but for reflection on why "Snow White" is so adaptable now. Given the release of Mirror, Mirror as well as Snow White and the Huntsman , filmmakers are clearly drawn to a malleable myth of female heroism. Once upon a time, the ending was a romantic couple that would live happily ever after. Now, the abused, kind and brave Snow White becomes her own evolved self, whether as a warrior or a matador. Blancanieves is the most thrilling of the adaptations, partly because of its evocative time and place -- s Spain, where a matador is like a king. Paradoxically and like The Artist , the film is both self-consciously stylized and emotionally charged, balancing formal dexterity with melodrama.
Grimms' Fairy Tales Compare this fairy tale in two languages. It was the middle of winter, and the snow-flakes were falling like feathers from the sky, and a queen sat at her window working, and her embroidery-frame was of ebony. And as she worked, gazing at times out on the snow, she pricked her finger, and there fell from it three drops of blood on the snow. And when she saw how bright and red it looked, she said to herself, "Oh that I had a child as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as the wood of the embroidery frame! And when she was born the queen died.
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Home News Alphabets Phrases Search. The story "Snow White" was collected by the Brothers Grimm in The original German version of the tale was entitled Sneewittchen , which is Schneewittchen in modern orthography. The dwarfs who appear in the story were first given individual names in the Broadway show, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs , and they acquired different names in the Disney film by the same name. In other versions of the story they also have different names. The English names shown here are the ones used in the Disney film. See Wikipedia for other names.
Blancanieves known as Blancaneu in Catalan is a Spanish black-and-white silent drama film written and directed by Pablo Berger. Based on the fairy tale " Snow White " by the Brothers Grimm , the story is set in a romantic vision of s Andalusia. Blancanieves was Spain's 85th Academy Awards official submission to Best Foreign Language category, but it did not make the shortlist. By , Berger had written Blancanieves and was working to raise funds for it soon after his film Torremolinos 73 was appearing at festivals; eight years later, in May , he was working on the storyboards for Blancanieves and about to begin principal photography when news reached him that The Artist had been shown at the Cannes Film Festival : . It was completely out of the blue. I was in my office in Madrid, doing the storyboards for my film, when a producer friend sent me a text message from the festival saying, 'I've just seen The Artist, it's black and white and silent and it's going to be huge.