Quote of the Week_Guillermo del Toro

“The hardest thing to pull off in art is simplicity”

Guillermo del Toro

I recently watched the film Pan’s Labyrinth on DVD. It’s a beautifully made film set at the end of WWII in Franco’s Spain. The film is about a young girl whose widowed mother has made the decision to marry a Spanish Army Captain. Unhappy with this decision the girl unknowingly opens a gateway into a fantasy world, which may or may not be a creation of her imagination, where she is given the opportunity to dwell, in an exalted position. Eager to change her situation she accepts a series of dangerous challenges to prove her true nature and, as a consequence, gain entry into her fantasy kingdom.

The film is heavy with mythological references and symbolism. Beautifully lit and filmed from two different color palettes: one for the world of reality and the other for the fantasy realms, this is a masterpiece and a recognized classic of its genre. No wonder the director, Guillermo Del Toro has been signed to direct the 2-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, The Hobbit.

Glenn Guy