Julia Roberts et Charlize Theron dans Mirror, mirror et Snow white and the huntsman : deux méchantes reines en concurrence, sous l’influence de l’héroïne de Walt Disney

Abstract : In 2012, two new versions of Snow White came out of Hollywood – Tarsem Singh’s Mirror, Mirror and Rupert Sanders’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Although many adaptations of this tale have been released, Disney’s animated version (1937) remains the reference. Due the obligations of competition, Singh and Sanders needed to ensure that each of their films stood out in relation to the other by dealing with the same difficulty: creating surprise in relation to expectations based on the Disney film. This common element explains why, despite their differences, the two films give their respective stars, Julia Roberts and Charlize Theron, the role of the queen. The link between the film which is seen as the benchmark and these new versions is revealed thanks to the character who, in the Disney film, is the least “cartoonish” and reveals the duality which characterises the creation of heroes in animated works, in that the way she is played is determined by Lucille La Verne’s voice work. This duality can be found in the performances of Roberts and Theron who walk the line between cartoons and “realism”. The embodiment of the queen by these two stars shows us how the porous the frontier between animated characters and “real” characters can be.
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Arnaud Duprat de Montero. Julia Roberts et Charlize Theron dans Mirror, mirror et Snow white and the huntsman : deux méchantes reines en concurrence, sous l’influence de l’héroïne de Walt Disney. Revista Fotocinema Málaga, 2018, pp.289-305. ⟨hal-01809504⟩

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