DVD: Blancanieves

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Forget last year's two live-action film versions of Snow White.

Pablo Berger's wittily gothic Spanish version turns the fairy tale into a black-and-white silent melodrama set in 1920s Seville. Snow White is a bullfighter's daughter, the dwarves are travelling toreadors, and the wicked stepmother is a gold-digging dominatrix. It would be perfect in a double bill with The Artist, but Blancanieves deserves to be a cult hit in its own right.