Snow White (1916)
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Here’s a rare chance to see the silent, live-action Snow White that inspired Walt Disney’s masterpiece Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In a special treat, this cheeky, whimsical film is presented with live musical accompaniment by international concert pianist Mauro Colombis.
After seeing J Searle Dawley’s film as a boy, Disney declared years later, “I thought it was the perfect story… It had the sympathetic dwarfs… the prince and the girl. The romance… the perfect story.”
Snow White was thought lost until 1992, when a tinted nitrate print with Dutch titles turned up in Amsterdam. It was lovingly restored by the George Eastman House film archive. Adapted from the hit 1912 Broadway production, it captures all the elements that audiences know and love about the classic story.
The story of Snow White is a Festival Focus, so why not also take a look at the Walt Disney masterpiece, as well as two brilliant stage versions - Ballet Preljocaj’s lush, full-length story ballet, and the new bloody reimagining from La Boite and Opera Queensland.
Snow White (1916) is part of the Festival Focus. Click here to take part in the Festival Conversation about Snow White and The Little Mermaid.