(update I, below)
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.
“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”
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.”