So, it's Thursday, and that means that it's time for another one of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks! If you're new to the site or have just missed every other Thursday post, here's the run down. Basically, every Thursday, bloggers unite to post three films that are representative of the theme selected by Wandering Through the Shelves. The diversity of lists and the bloggers who provide them makes for great conversation and will hopefully inspire all of us to dig into movies we may have never even heard of.
So, moving on...
This week's theme is:
So, there were a bounty of films to choose from, since this has become quite the popular genre. It feels like nearly every month there is a new fairy tale film being released, and how appropriate since tomorrow we get Cinderella! The problem is that a lot of these recent fairy tale films kind of suck. So, I dug back MANY years ago to bring to light three live action fairy tale films from yesteryear. One is a HUGE film with many adoring fans, but many probably had no idea that it was actually based on a fairy tale. Another is a little seen gem of a French film that is often forgotten about thanks to a more popular Disney adaptation. The last one is a film that, like, I had no idea was actually a fairy tale adaptation but it is one of the all time greatest films ever made, so I had to include it!
Let's just do this!
|The Wizard of Oz|
Everyone has either seen or heard of this, and most people unabashedly love it. BUT, did you know that it was an adaptation of a book? I didn't for the longest time, and I do think that general audiences consider it an original work...but nope, it's based on a book!
|La belle et la bete|
I covered this film last year for one of my Blind Spots, and I was smitten immediately. Don't get me wrong, the Disney version is probably my favorite animated film of all time, but this version of the classic is so spellbinding and so beautifully composed considering the restraints of technology. There is something so beautifully arresting about a film that can utilize such a haunting atmosphere to such tragic romance. If you haven't seen this, SEE IT!
|The Red Shoes|
UGH! This movie is PERFECT! I kind of love how I've been a real champion of this film for years now, but until the morning I had no idea it was actually based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. This is one of my all time favorite films, and it is one of the grandest explorations of obsession, desperation and the pursuit of excellence. It's just an astonishing visual sight, but it's also one of those emotionally arresting films that just consumes an audience. Brilliant, brilliant film!