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Diestro-Dópido digs deep to reveal the subversion and complex symbolism of Guillermo del Toro's grim fairytale of a film
Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno, 2006) by Guillermo del Toro is now the most commercially successful Mexican film, but it was almost not made at all, having been rejected by nearly every major studio. Del Toro had to find the funding himself, describing its making as "very, very hard, a very difficult experience". This haunting film about a 13-year-old girl, set in Franco's Spain in 1944, juxtaposes fairytales with the horror of fascism and shows that, as Diestro-Dópido puts it, the "real monsters are not fantastic creatures, but all too human". She digs deep into the layers of the film's complex symbolism. Del Toro – who the author interviewed for this revealing and beautifully illustrated study – says he has a "Jungian, almost psycho-magical conception of the world". He wanted to subvert the »
- PD Smith
On this day in 1964 horror master Guillermo Del Toro was born in Guadalajara Mexico. Known primarily for directing the Mexican horror masterpiece El Espinazo del Diablo a.k.a. The Devils Backbone (2001) and the Spanish horrorfantasy El Laberinto del Fauno a.k.a. Pans Labyrinth (2006) Del Toro also directed Mimic (1997) Blade II (2002) and Hellboy (2004). He also produced El Orfanato a.k.a. The Orphanage (2007) Splice (2009) and Mama (2013). »
In the latest featurette for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, the director delves into the details behind his colossal Jaeger structures. We’re given glimpses of the painstaking work that went into creating the designs for the over 270 foot robots, and ensuring that each one had its own unique identity.
Del Toro explains that while his film will not make any direct references or be a complete homage to the anime culture, he was greatly inspired by it. The origins of specific robots like Cherno Alpha and Gypsy Danger are also revealed in the exclusive interviews and behind the scenes footage.
Pacific Rim focuses on the response from humans to the extraterrestrial attacks threatening the world’s future. The Jaegers, which in German translates to ‘hunters,’ are the massive robots that require two pilots each to combat the alien forces. Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day will be starring. »
- Katherine Kranz
As the Cannes Film Festival gets underway today, IMDb has released its list of the 10 most popular films to have been screened in competition for the Palme d'Or, based on user votes. Unsurprisingly, Quentin Tarantino makes a good showing on the list, dominating in the top three spots with 1994's "Pulp Fiction" 2009's "Inglourious Basterds" and 2005's "Sin City" (for which he's credited as "special guest director" following Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez). Since this is a popularity vote, "Shrek" lands a spot above "Taxi Driver."Top 10 Most Popular Cannes Films1. Pulp Fiction (dir. Quentin Tarantino, 1994)2. Inglourious Basterds (dir. Quentin Tarantino, 2009)3. Sin City (dirs. Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino 2005)4. No Country for Old Men (dirs. Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)5. Shrek (2001, dir. Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson)6. Taxi Driver (dir. Martin Scorsese, 1976)7. El laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) (dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2006)8. Apocalypse Now (dir. »
- Beth Hanna
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