Fairy Tale Films: Visions of Ambiguity

Greenhill, Pauline and Sidney Eve Matrix, ed. Fairy Tale Films: Visions of Ambiguity. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2010. p. xiii + 263. List of tale types, bibliography, filmography, index. paper $24.95; ebook $20.00

Lydia Bringerud
Indiana University

This book is a collection of ten essays by a variety of scholars centering on how Western European fairy tales continue to play a role in contemporary North America through film. There is a foreword by Jack Zipes and an introduction by editors Pauline Greenhill and Sidney Eve Matrix. Translating a fairy tale into cinema always involves interpretation, and the essays in this book offer criticism of those interpretations, ranging from how Disney removes fairy tales from their original contexts to propagate a specific value system to how Tim Burton twists the expected fairy tale plotline to present a new value system. Continue reading “Fairy Tale Films: Visions of Ambiguity”