Seeing Beyond Black and White


After watching Blancanieves, a black and white Spanish film, I was familiarised with the #magnificence of #Spanish fantasist cinema (think Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth). Stellar #cinematography accompanying a profound performance led me to rave about the film to friends. However, entirely unaware of the film’s existence, I looked the film up online for them. It was then my turn to be surprised as Blancanieves came up as a 2012 film; the UK release date was almost a year after the Spanish one, and released on a much smaller scale.


It is seemingly apparent that the UK does not have a high demand for foreign language films. Are the subtitles a turn off? Is the #cultural barrier larger than its linguistic counterpart? There is weak appeal in watching these films, yet cinemas in non-English speaking nations are crammed with #American blockbusters and #British gems.


Yes, occasionally an exception sneaks through the cracks, as seen in #Academy Award winning film The Artist. Nevertheless, with rising film industries from all over the world – it’s worth noting critically-raved about #Iranian films coming out – once in a while it’s important to invest in a film that breaks the protocol and with that, the language barriers.

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