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Pan's Labyrinth by Mar Diestro-Dopido
  

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A non fiction selection for a rare change (but then aren't movies the stuff of fiction?), this series of 8 titles celebrates London's BFI South Bank current massive Gothic season which has dominated the autumn. Insightful and provoking short books (with profuse illustrations) about major films in the gothic tradition, each penned by major critics and film writers. Some are brand new: Mar Diestro-Dopido on PAN'S LABYRINTH, Christopher Frayling on THE INNOCENTS, Roger Luckhurst on THE SHINING and Kevin Jackson on NOSFERATU, while others have been updated from earlier editions: David Rudkin on VAMPYR, David Robinson on DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI and Kim Newman on CAT PEOPLE. Each attractive volume is informative and anecdotal and will make you want to rush out and watch the films again, or get hold of the DVD. What better way to spend a holiday between the food and drink?

Synopsis

Pan's Labyrinth by Mar Diestro-Dopido

Guillermo del Toro's cult masterpiece, Pan's Labyrinth (2006), won a total of 76 awards and is one of the most commercially successful Spanish-language films ever made. Blending the world of monstrous fairytales with the actual horrors of post-Civil War Spain, the film's commingling of real and fantasy worlds speaks profoundly to our times. Immersing herself in the nightmarish world that del Toro has so minutely orchestrated, Mar Diestro-Dopido explores the cultural and historical contexts surrounding the film. Examining del Toro's ground-breaking use of mythology, this book resists a definitive reading of the film - instead exposing the techniques, themes and cultural references that combine in Pan's Labyrinth to spawn an uncontainable plurality of meanings, which only multiply on contact with the viewer. This special edition features an exclusive interview with del Toro and original cover artwork by Santiago Caruso.

About the Author

Mar Diestro-Dopido

Mar Diestro-Dopido is a film critic based in London. She is a regular contributor to, and researcher for, Sight & Sound, and has written for Little White Lies, Dazed & Confused and Vertigo, as well as various academic books and journals.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th October 2013

Author

Mar Diestro-Dopido

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Publisher

BFI Publishing an imprint of British Film Institute

Format

Paperback
104 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Film theory & criticism

ISBN

9781844576418

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