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Preserving the SpellBasile's "The Tale of Tales" and Its Afterlife in the Fairy-Tale Tradition$
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Armando Maggi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226242965

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226243016.001.0001

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“Everything Beautiful Is Gone”

“Everything Beautiful Is Gone”

Beasts of the Southern Wild and a New Beginning

(p.278) Chapter Twelve “Everything Beautiful Is Gone”
Preserving the Spell

Armando Maggi

University of Chicago Press

This short final chapter examines a recent American film Beasts of the Southern Wild, which is a new and original form of fairy tale. Set in the Louisiana bayous this film, centred on the figure of a young girl and her father, is brutally realistic in its reconstruction of a post-Katrina landscape, although it evokes a sense of magic that is missing from the numerous Disney films. Beasts of the Southern Wild is not a parody of a Grimm tale; it looks like the first tale ever told, with no allusion to any recognizable previous tale.

Keywords:   Louisiana, fairy tale, cinema, Katrina

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