Reality and illusion – it’s a throwaway theme that, if you look hard enough, you can find in almost every literary/artistic rendering. But, since this is the tale of the beautiful queen who’s secretly evil I’m not clutching at straws.
Eleanor Audley is her typically awesome self as the Evil Queen. Even if like all the characters she’s painted broadly (and she doesn’t even get a song, foul) she’s her usual amazing self. (Note: Audley went on to portray other classic evils – Lady Tremaine in Cinderella and the awesome Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty)
I thought I’d found my Best Shot Early on, in fact I went in already remembering my favourite scene of the film – Snow White’s frantic run from the Woodsman who lets her go. Everything she sees scares her and she ends up in a crumpled heap on the forest floor with evil (?) things staring out at her.
A shot after we’re given perspective and realise that they’re just woodland creatures and it leads to Snow White’s one unequivocally brilliant bit of dialogue.
Still, this is, after all, a best-shot essay and not a dissertation on the oddities of the film so I’ll keep it concise. This nameless prince gives me pause. Who is he? Snow White meets him once, the hum a ditty, she falls in love with him and he magically appears when she dies. We’re presented the ultimate storytelling cop-out via text:
I’m still not certain how the Prince heard about her, or how the dwarves got the message out in the first place. But, he kisses her, she wakes, she leaves the dwarves – rashly – and he leads her away. Fair enough, but we end on this BEAUTIFUL shot.
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Have I let my mind run away with me? Possibly, but I do love a good yarn – and the shot is beautiful nonetheless. Which is essentially what Snow White amounts to. The music is sweet, the story is piffle but its animation is beautiful.
(This entry is courtesy of Nathaniel's Best Shot series. Go read all the entries here.)
So thoughts on my theory on Snow White's fate? Are you as baffled by the popularity of the legend of Snow White?