WEIRDLAND: Snow White & other princesses

Monday, March 26, 2007

Snow White & other princesses

Jennifer Aniston as Snow White in a wax figure.
Elizabeth MacGovern in "Faerie Tale Theatre" (1984).
Dita Von Teese wearing a sorta Snow White outfit.

Anne Hathaway as a princess in "Ella Enchanted" (2004).

Michelle Trachtenberg as Snow White in Halloween.

Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella.
Shalom Harlow posing as an erotic Snow White.
"Secretary" beats you black and blue in all the right places, and leaves you grinning from ear to ear with its unexpected fairytale resolution.

In their adaptation of Mary Gaitskill's short story, screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson and director Steven Shainberg wisely scrap the author's lumbering "pity me" posturing in favor of something more lighthearted and colorful -- a giddy bruise, if such a thing is possible. After a stint in the mental hospital, Lee signs up for vocational school, where she discovers a hidden talent as a hunt-and-peck typist. She answers an ad for a secretary, and when this frazzled wreck arrives at the baroque law offices of E. Edward Grey during a raging storm wearing a plastic mackintosh, she's Little Red Riding Hood. Her boss (James Spader), with his menacing whisper and low growl, is the Big Bad Wolf.
(Okay, we get it, she's Snow White in search of Prince Charming.) But Shainberg coaxes marvelous performances out of Gyllenhaal and Spader, whose cat-and-mouse courtship and sparkling chemistry is the main reason why "Secretary" grows on you. Some people won't buy a doe-eyed love story sown from the seeds of sadomasochism that ends in giddiness, but there's an exhilaration in Gyllenhaal and Spader finding each other in the dark." Source:

Kirsten Dunst as a fantasy queen.


gr77 said...

what a lovely post!!
i love the photo of Dita as snow white

Kendra said...

Michelle Trachtenberg looks very sexy too... and did you know that model Shalom Harlow dated Peter Sarsgaard, according to his Imdb bio?

gr77 said...

wow...go Peter :p
seriously, Shalom Harlow is one gorgeous girl!!