Introduction I have chosen to watch and discuss the film ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ (2006) directed and written by Guillermo del Toro. I have chosen this particular film as it reflects upon Franco’s Spain and the Civil War that took place alongside. ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ was the first film for which the Mexican director, Guillermo del Toro, was recognised internationally as a filmmaker. I see this as a revolutionary step as this fairy-tale like film intertwined both aspects of storytelling and past historical events in a likeable way which grew in popularity in the English-speaking world. The film’s success and popularity are further enhanced by its ability to win three Oscars in 2007 for Cinematography, Art Direction, and Makeup.
In modern storytelling, it is common to use comparisons to make details easier to understand and lead the audience to a certain conclusion. A much more complicated form of this comparison is juxtaposition. Juxtaposition occurs when an author places two ideas/concepts/characters parallel to each other in order to compare them. The film Pan’s Labyrinth written and directed by Guillermo del Toro serves as a splendid illustration of juxtaposition in film. 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 (2006), directed by Guillermo del Toro, is a gorgeously realised tale of fantasy and horror, set against the backdrop of post-Civil War Spain. The story follows a young girl, Ofelia, who travels to the countryside with her ill mother to live with her new stepfather, Vidal, a captain in Franco’s Fascist army. The film explores how Ofelia uses her imagination as a copying mechanism to deal with the monstrosities of her reality as well as to interpret the horrific events unfolding around her. Del Toro employs a number of cinematic devices including cinematography, sound and editing to effectively draw parallels between Ofelia’s reality and imagination, ultimately creating a powerful film that condemns the nature of Fascism.
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.
Pan’s Labyrinth – Literature Review I. Introduction – historical background The Spanish Civil War lasted from July of 1936 till April of 1939. The intensely ferocious war was between the Republicans and the Fascist nationalists, lead by General Francisco Franco. Victory was in favor of the nationalists and General Franco ruled Spain for the next 36 years after the war, up until his death in 1975.
In December of 2006, the film Pan’s Labyrinth was released. Considered as a dark fantasy film, it depicts a young girl, Ofelia, along with her mother traveling to live with her new father, an officer in the Spanish army who is attempting to quell a guerrilla uprising. During this time, she meets an Faun, who tells of her past life as a princess of the Underworld. In order to reclaim her status, she must complete three dangerous tasks, all in which she must battle monsters of varying degrees. However, we quickly come to learn that they are not the only kind of monsters she must face, and that not all monsters have monstrous appearances, but can be of the human nature. The movie, Pan’s Labyrinth, comments on the nature of monstrosity among and
With this, some of their rights were being violated and those rights are slowly starting to perish. Pan’s Labyrinth is one of Guillermo Del Toro’s greatest masterpiece and it shows the reality about how unfair and cruel society can treat women. This movie depicts that society can do a lot of things that can hurt a woman’s dignity but it also showed us what a true woman is and what are they really capable of doing. In the movie, there are three main female characters in the story namely Ofelia, Carmen and Mercedes.
I always love to read books and watch their movies, because I get to witness the differences that take place. I prefer the books because they have more detail and really let you decide how the characters look and act. Lots of times, the stories are different than the film versions. The short story, “Most Dangerous Game”, is a very good example of this. The film and the movie have lots of things in common, but this paper is about the complete opposite.
The films “The other conquest”, “Jerico”, and “I the Worst of All” are all a depiction of what life would be like during the Spanish Conquest. These films give different point of views during the Spanish Conquest. The films give a person a well-rounded view of how the world really changed for different people during a historical movement. After watching these films, one is able to assess and determine their own truth about what exactly happened to Amerindians and Spaniards during this time.
Sarandos, Tony Professor Erica Aguero 10-17-15 Evil In All Forms The Devils Back Bone - Pan’s Labyrinth “What is a ghost? A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and time again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive.
The concentration is on comparing and finding the changes that history made to this movie genre, especially considering the gender roles. Results will clearly explain the psyche of society in two different periods, which confirms that people reflect the movies as movies have an impact on people. The Introduction It is often said that the element of surprise makes the movie more interesting and leads the plot. There are many masters of storytelling
Besides, the conflicting situation of the city wealth and industry interwoven with the crimes and poverty helps to symbolize the conflict between the modern and the primitive. 49 The instrument of evoking horror was changed to suit the constantly changing
Midterm Assignment When one thinks of a violent film I feel as though a Tarantino movie comes to mind instantly. However, in this instance I chose a different violent film. In this assignment, I will be talking about the violence in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film, Schindler’s List. As most people probably know by now, Schindler’s List is about the Holocaust committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi German army.
Violence plays a key role in many novels; without it, may books would be bland and less effective at conveying a message. In the work Fahrenheit 451, the author Ray Bradbury used violent scenes to help establish the character and nature of the firefighters, and to show the difference between then and now.
“You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. What power? The power of voodoo. Who do? You do. Do what? Remind me of the babe.” These were David Bowie's famous words and conversation between a goblin in the movie Labyrinth. Jim Henson uses three different types of irony, which is a commonly used literary device, in the Labyrinth to convey the feeling of surprise in the viewer. How is surprise created in a motion picture? The author uses the literary device of irony. The three main types of irony are verbal, dramatic, and situational irony. Verbal irony is when a character says something but does the opposite. Dramatic irony is when the viewer/reader knows something that the characters don’t. Situational irony is when there is a