Fairy-Tale Files, published once weekly, feature three variations of a fairy tale chosen by one of Fairy Tale Review’s Assistant Editors.
Like the fairy tale, stolen identities and power struggles abound in 3 Women, Robert Altman’s strange, elliptical film conceived in a dream and inspired by Bergman’s similarly unnerving Persona.
In The Fact of a Doorframe, the titular poem to her collected works, Adrienne Rich writes of the goose-girl, her horse Falada, and of “poetry, violent, arcane, common, hewn of the commonest living substance into archway, portal, frame.”
A severed horse’s head? Look no further than this iconic scene in Francis Ford Coppola’s classic for faint echoes of Falada.
This edition of Fairy-Tale Files is brought to you by Fairy Tale Review Assistant Editor Tommy Mira y Lopez.