This essay focuses on two films, The Brothers Grimm (2005) and Stardust (2007). Both films reference “Snow White” and stage confrontations between older threatening women and younger heroines, the success of which will result in beauty, longevity, and power for the older women. The essay explores the films’ staging of anxieties relating to femininity as spectacle and the relationship between women and the gaze. It explores the tension that the films maintain between a critique of the beauty economy in which the older women must participate and an indictment of the women who seek control over their representation.
Cahill, Susan. "Through the Looking Glass: Fairy-Tale Cinema and the Spectacle of Femininity in Stardust and The Brothers Grimm." Marvels & Tales 24.1 (2010). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol24/iss1/3>.