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Representing the Key Intentions of the Directors in 'Pan's Labyrinth' and 'City of God'

In this essay I will try to reveal some of the intentions I think the directors Fernando Meirelles and Guillermo del Toro had, and I will write about what I, as a spectator, think they tried to convey in their films. Del Toro uses mise-en-scene in ‘Pans’ Labyrinth’ (2006) in the scene of the Pale Man’s lair and we see it through the appearance of the character. Del Toro presents the Pale Man as a scary and dangerous character. His...
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History and Mysticism in the Film ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ and the Book ‘The Shadow of the Wind’

The 1930’s were a traumatic time in many parts of the world. Spain has also endured its fair share of ideological conflicts, of which the Spanish Civil War is a clear example. From 1936 to 1939, Spain saw the most brutal civil war in its history. Often considered a struggle between democracy and fascism, general Francisco Franco’s right-wing nationalists eventually triumphed over the democrats of the Second Spanish Republic. For the next 36 years, Franco ruled Spain with the hope...
6 Pages 2756 Words

Essay on Myths in Modern Adaptations: ‘The Penelopiad’, ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’

Transformations of myths have materialized over centuries and are dependent on the source material for the provision of commonality between storylines, themes, characters and motifs upon which they ultimately traverse. Through these adaptations and re-interpretations of myths to contemporary frameworks, audiences can engage with and appreciate the rewriting undertaken by the adaptive text, whilst simultaneously enjoying the underlying congruity between them. This congruity finds its most powerful expression through the reworking or challenging of pre-existing notions, themes, overarching stories or...
3 Pages 1321 Words

Review of the Movie ‘Pan's Labyrinth’

‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ is a fantasy drama scripted and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The story of the film concerns a period of five years after the Spanish Civil War, around the time of the Francoists. It earned numerous international award such as three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards including Best Film Not in the English Language, the Ariel Award for Best Picture, the Saturn Awards for Best International Film and Best Performance by a Younger Actor for Ivana Baquero and...
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Reflections on Del Toro’s Movie 'Pan’s Labyrinth'

Foreign movies have been transporting us to different worlds, since the beginning of cinema and a lot of these films use their fantasy worlds to comment on the real world that we all live in. I love foreign movies as it exposes you to an entirely new culture. This is what ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ has done for me. Filled with original imagery and drawing on folklore and fantasy traditions, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ takes us on a journey to a place as violent...
3 Pages 1165 Words
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