Charles Perrault: The Godfather of European Fairy Tales

The Sleeping Beauty
The Sleeping Beauty
In this companion film program to the Dreams Come True exhibition, we explore four of Charles Perrault's most celebrated fairy tales through the eyes of three significant French film directors: Jacques Demy, Olivier Dahan and Catherine Breillat.

Charles Perrault, born in Paris in 1628, is considered the founder of the fairy tale genre, bringing together disparate oral traditions and publishing these stories in his landmark book, Stories or Tales of Past Times, with Morals in 1697.

Both delighting and terrifying readers of all ages, many of the themes included in these films suit older audiences and all are in the original French language with English subtitles.

Curated by James Nolen.

Sunday 2 January - Sunday 24 April (except Sunday 20 and 27 of March)
Full $14 Concession $11 ACMI Member $10

The Sleeping Beauty (La Belle endormie)

Breillat returns to the stories of Perrault, turning this classic tale into a coming of age fantasy.

Tom Thumb (Le Petit Poucet)

Director Olivier Dahan (La Vie en rose) brilliantly evokes the menacing world of a lost little boy

Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne)

Catherine Deneuve sparkles in this Jacques Demy musical scored by legendary composer Michel Legrand.

Bluebeard (La Barbe bleu)

Catherine Breillat courses a new direction in this stylish turn of a cautionary tale.

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