In 2006, a film entitled, Pan’s Labyrinth directed by Guillermo Del Toro, was released. The film garnered numerous awards and has been the subject of diverse studies due to its historically significant messages. A careful review of such studies and careful analysis of the plot of Pan’s Labyrinth that it is more than just a normal fantasy film, it carries with it the message of disapproval to war, war’s adverse effects to children, and undermining the role of women in the society. In order to better know the said thesis, it is necessary to first gain an overview of the story. Accordingly, Pan’s Labyrinth tells the story of a young girl, named Ofelia, growing up in the outcome of the Spanish Civil War, but finds a magical escape.
Guillermo Del Toro and Guillermo Navaro didn’t make Pan’s Labyrinth just to be a movie you watch simply for entertainment. They wanted it to make you think and analyze deeper than what you get on the surface. They achieved this in one way by using elements of Mise en Scen, a technique where the way objects or people are placed in a scene to convey certain aspects of the story not explicitly stated. Something you might not pay attention to regularly is the lighting of a movie, but in Pan’s Labyrinth the lighting actually helps to indicates something deeper about what is happening. For instance, many scenes with the rebels or Ofelia, have blue lighting showing that they are basically the heroes.
Pan’s Labyrinth is a significant movie that tells the story of a young lady 's mission to get away from the brutalities of Spanish Fascism. In the same way as other fables, Pan’s Labyrinth is a metaphorical story that can be deciphered from different points of view and on numerous synchronous levels. While looking into this film, I went over mental, sociological and political elucidations of Pan’s Labyrinth. Del Toro himself depicted the movie as a parable and the various references to mysterious secrets. Pan’s Labyrinth is a fairy tale that shows behaving ethically requires willingness to accept pain and suffering as the cost of doing good.
The use of certain colors associated with clothing in a film can help tell a story, show a character's journey or who they are to the story, and it helps communicate ideas to the audience. In a film such as King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, the battle between good and evil is represented by light colors like white, tan, or light brown and black in clothing, but when using magic, the characters who represent “good” have blue, gold, and silver accents while “evil” characters have red, orange, and black accents. Camera angles can help the audience understand more about the character’s feelings and where the story is taking place. When the movie starts, the opening credits give the audience an explanation of the events occurring and it establishes setting by telling us that the evil mage Mordred is marching on Man’s last stronghold, Camelot, to destroy all non-magical beings. Then, we are given a bird’s eye view as we fly over the battlefield and see men being slaughtered by a giant elephant which is being controlled by a man
Beginning with the protagonist Ofelia in 1944 Franco-era Spain, the director presents the parallels between the evils of Ofelia’s make believe world and those evils belonging to the fascist regime and her step-father, General Vidal who is representative of this regime. Del Toro, additionally, contrasts the real world and the fantasy world through the use of colors, shapes, and varying levels of organization and cleanliness. Furthermore, he places objects of the real world into the fantasy one to draw relations between the two. Through these three singular parallels, Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth explores the realities of fascism in Franco-Era
Pan’s Labyrinth: Analysis Ofelia and Captain Vidal in Cronus Complex Abstract Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth locates the story within the context of the Spanish post-civil-war. Mythical elements play a leading role in the film when the totalitarian system of social control that Francisco Franco’s fascist system established during the post- war period function as the underlying reference in the film’s narrative. Ofelia, the child main character, enters a mysterious world to escape the horrors of the reality she is forced to face. Playing with the traditional fairy-tale literary formula, del Toro’s work not only offers a contemporary creative representation of the state of ‘Franquismo.’ Instead, the film functions as a cautionary tale that blames commonly taking place under totalitarian systems anywhere. I propose the ‘Cronus Complex’ as a theme through which the symbolism that permeates Pan’s Labyrinth acquires a universal dimension.
Pan’s Labyrinth is not like any fairy tale you have seen before. Most fairy tales strip away their most threatening and darkest elements, however this film makes sure to show the most violent, dark and squirmy scenes. The human experience is nowhere near perfect and Pan’s Labyrinth reflects life’s hardest experiences and teaches us to face our monsters and make sure not to become them. Captain Vidal serves as the wicked stepfather and serves as both the real-world and real-life villain, which the monstrosities of the fairy land can be understood. The two monsters of Pan’s Labyrinth, the Toad and the Pale Man, are representations of Vidal’s monstrosities, viewed through the child sight lens of Ofelia.
It is a very warm film infused with reds and greens. The color blue is only prominent in only a few shots; so few in fact you can probably count them on one hand. Although much of the color of the film was a result of the DI process (graded by Didier le Foues using Discreet Lustre and supervised by Yvan Lucas) some of the daytime images were shot with a 81EF filter to add some warmth and color. Amélie is also a very well lit film. There are virtually no scenes with complete
In the use of black and white film in Wings of Desire, the entire image is drab, thus preventing the viewer from inadvertently focusing on certain objects over others. Instead of just focusing on the character in the foreground, the viewer sees the image on screen as a whole and is inclined to look at ancillary or distant objects and notice small details. Thus the perceptions of all objects in the film are altered or different; perhaps they are now mysterious, endearing or impersonal. The camera is often the first-person view of the
TASK 1: FILM STUDY ESSAY Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) and the later released The Hobbit (2012-2014) are fantastic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. It is obvious that the underlying theme is the continual struggle between good and evil, but the techniques that Peter Jackson uses make it easy to identify between the contrast of good and evil. In this essay I will be talking about the techniques that are used to make the difference clear between the good and evil forces. For reference to identify between the good and evil, I will be using the Dwarves and Orc’s. The Orc’s are portrayed evil by the way the camera shots are taken.