With his riveting chamber crime drama 'Dogman' opening exclusively in cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema this week, rediscover Matteo Garrone’s ('Gomorrah') magnificent English-language debut, 'Tale of Tales' - a grand vision of startling originality featuring Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Shirley Henderson, John C. Reilly and Toby Jones.
Inspired by the fairytales of famed Neapolitan poet and royal courtier, Giambattista Basile, 'Tale of Tales' was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2015 and hints at the darkness in all our hearts – whether it stems from desire, lust or jealousy – and its ongoing conflict with our better nature.
From sorcerers, fairies and fearsome monsters to monarchs, witches and courtesans, Garrone sets the interlinking stories of these fantastic characters against the stunning backdrop of the Italian landscape. Weaving the beautiful and the grotesque, 'Tale of Tales' is an utterly unique work of the imagination.
★★★★ "Python meets Pasolini in this horrific, hilarious - and very grown up - fairy tale anthology" - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
★★★★ "Lust, envy, greed, pride, and more lust: it’s like a compendium of the most cinematic of the deadly sins" - Wendy Ide, The Times
★★★★★ "It is gloriously mad, rigorously imagined, visually wonderful: erotic, hilarious and internally consistent" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian