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Guillermo Del Toro - Tropes, themes and aesthetic


  • Striking lighting, bathing the entire scene
  • Big changes in lighting colours between environments
  • Elaborate and detailed set and prop design


  • People can be monsters and monsters can be people – things are often not what they seem.
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Pan's Labyrinth - A Review

The 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth directed by Guillermo Del Toro, is a combination of fantasy, fairytale, horror and the historical. Set in 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War, the film follows the story of a young girl whose life takes a dramatic turn when her pregnant mother takes her to live at a falangist outpost in the command of her new step-father, Captain Videl, a sadistic authoritarian. 596 more words

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Notes on the film:

  • Influences: James Whale (Frankenstein), Alfred Hitchcock (Shadow of a Doubt), Terence Fisher (The Mummy, Dracula) and Ingmar Bergman.
  • Main themes…
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Pan's Labyrinth - Initial Review

Pan’s Labyrinth is a stunning, beautifully crafted and perfectly told story. Written and directed by Guillermo Del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth (el Fauno del Laberinto) tells the story of Ofelia, a bold and determined ten(ish)-year-old girl. 682 more words

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