In the facist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Film director Guillermo Del Toro talks about his latest film "Pan's Labyrinth" with "metromix on CLTV" host Marcus Leshock. "Pan's Labyrinth" is one of the recent classics, a dark horror film that explores the fantasy of a child during the Spanish civil war. The "Alfonso" discussed in the interview is fellow Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, who was releasing his film "Children of Men" around the same time as Guillermo's movie.
Pan's Labyrinth: Disobedient Fairy Tale – Disobedience in relation to characters but also the narrative of the film: how del Toro ‘undermines a single authoritarian master narrative, like those championed by Vidal and fascism in general, by setting up a network of intertexts that make meaning a matter of choice’. I love this idea. It’s a great springboard to multiple interpretations as part of authorial intention, and by extension the “reading practices” idea central to this Area of Study.
Director’s Notebook – del Toro shows his sketches of the set and discusses their evolution.