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By Francine Stock   June 2016


Tale of Tales On release from 17th June

Legends don’t persist through decorum. Gory excess imprints them on historical memory along with enduring observations on human frailty, cruelty and heroism. The Neapolitan Giambattista Basile anthologised some of the most graphic in the 17th century Pentamerone. Director Matteo Garrone—whose 21st-century film about Neapolitan organised crime, Gomorrah, later spawned a television series—has taken Basile’s collection as inspiration for a powerful fantasy in his first English-language film. These are tales of…

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