The Fall of the Altarboy: Guillermo del Toro’s Explicable Hauntings (Updated)

Posted: February 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

Guillermo del Toro at home

Guillermo del Toro's next project (?) Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness.

(update I, below)

“I’m a lapsed altar boy”   Guillermo del Toro drawings and images (see video, midpost).

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

Del Toro, whose films include the sly vampire take of “Cronos,  the comicbook realization of the angst ridden  “Hellboy” and the political and mythological fable of  “Pan’s Labyrinth looks at the processes both creative and technical (and how do we make a distinction?)which go into the making of his own monsters.

Pan's Drawing and Cinematic Realization

“What is a ghost? An emotion, a terrible moment condemned to repeat itself over and over? An instant of pain perhaps? …. A sentiment suspended in time …. like a blurry photograph …. like an insect trapped in amber?”

— – opening of “The Devils Backbone”

pan sketch

Guillermo del Toro sketch



Update I:

The New Yorker has a new Profile of Guillermo del Toro‘ up at the moment.  But the quote worth noting, and one which applies to Art in General.

“In emotional genres, you cannot advocate good taste as an argument.”

(leave off the “emotional” and this should typify what is Art), and

“Discussing “The Birds,” del Toro notes that “in the terror genre, an artist, unbound by ‘reality,’ can create his purest reflection of the world—the cinematic equivalent of poetry.”

(i.e. Don’t get bound up in definitions of “true, real, meaningful, authentic, emotional, or the like” when producing Art)
Check out the essay: del Toro also is discussing his new “Hobbit” project and the difference between Jackson’s and his vision.



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