Studying Pan's Labyrinth

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Author: Tanya Jones

Publisher: Auteur Pub

ISBN: 9781906733308

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

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What is it about Pan's Labyrinth that so entrances audiences? Certainly it is a film of both extraordinary technical accomplishment and intense emotional impact. It won acclaim from both critics and audiences alike. But it also has an ideological as well as emotional impetus. The combination of these attributes has resulted in a rich cienmatic text that demands and deserves close scrutiny. --

Pan's Labyrinth

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Author: Mar Diestro-Dópido

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1844577457

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 104

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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-Dópido 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.

Studying Talk to Her

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Author: Emily Hughes

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0993071724

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

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Talk to Her (2002) is a hugely rich and interesting, but ambiguous, film which met with both popular success and critical acclaim. The film won the 2003 Oscar for best original screenplay and has been hailed by some critics as Pedro Almodóvar's masterpiece. But like most of Almodóvar's films, little is clear cut; the characters are complex and our affinity and empathy for them shifts throughout the film. In Studying Talk to Her, Emily Hughes provides an in-depth analysis of both the formal elements of the film (narrative, genre, auteur study) and the themes and issues that arise, including the social context of modern Spain and the old traditional iconography, the shifting attitudes towards gender, and, crucially, the uneasy, morally ambiguous depiction of rape and the spectator's reaction to it.

Studying Waltz with Bashir

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Author: Giulia Miller

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 1911325167

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

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On its release in 2008, Ari Folman’s animated documentary Waltz with Bashir was heralded as a brilliant and original exploration of trauma, and trauma’s impact on memory and the recording of history. But it is surprising that although the film is seen through the eyes of one particular soldier, a viewpoint portrayed using highly experimental forms of animation, this has not prevented Waltz with Bashir from being regarded as both an ‘autobiographical’ and ‘honest’ account of the director’s own experiences in the 1982 Lebanon war. In fact, the film won several documentary awards, and even those critics focusing on the representation of trauma suggest that this trauma must be authentic. In this sense, it is the documentary form rather than the animation that has had the most influence upon critics. As Studying Waltz with Bashir will show, it is the tension between the two forms that makes the film so complex and interesting, allowing for multiple themes and discourses to coexist, including Israel’s role during the Lebanon War and the impact of trauma upon narrative, but also the representation of Holocaust memory and its role in the formation of Israeli identity. In addition to these themes that coexist by virtue of the film’s unusual animated documentary format, Waltz with Bashir can also be discussed in relation to a broad range of contexts; for example, the representation of war in film, the history of Israeli Holocaust cinema, and recent trends in experimental animation, such as Richard Linklater’s Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006), as well as Folman’s most recent live action/animation work The Congress (2013).

Studying Hot Fuzz

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Author: Neil Archer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0993238416

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 110

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By the power of Greyskull! In their second big-screen collaboration after Shaun of the Dead (2004), with Hot Fuzz (2007) director and co-writer Edgar Wright and co-writer and star Simon Pegg took aim at the conventions of the Hollywood action movie, transplanting gratuitous slo-mo action sequences into the English village supermarket and local pub. In this first critical study of arguably the most influential British film-makers to emerge this century, Neil Archer considers to what extent a modestly funded film such as this can be considered ‘British’ at all, given its international success and distribution by an American studio, and how far that success depends upon what he calls its ‘cultural specificity’. He considers the film as a parody of the action movie genre, and discusses exactly how parody works – not just in relation to the conventions of the action film but also in the depiction of English space. Exactly what and who is Hot Fuzz poking fun at?

Studying Fight Club

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Author: Mark Ramey

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 1906733759

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

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Fight Club is, on one level, pop-culture phenomena and on another, a deeply philosophical and satirical exploration of modern life. David Fincher’s 1999 film (and Chuck Palahniuk’s source novel) has had a huge impact on audiences worldwide leading to spoofs, homage, merchandising and numerous Internet fan sites. On initial release the film was met with wide hostility from critics who either failed to appreciate its satirical intent or believed the film failed to deliver on its satirical promise. Early in its DVD afterlife, however, a wider audience began to appreciate the film’s significance and radical message. Although attracted by the film’s playfulness and star wattage, however, many students struggle with its theoretical notions such as Capitalism, materialism, anarchy and so on. This is one film, which therefore merits a thoughtful and provocative analysis but also an accessible one, and Mark Ramey has provided just that.

Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth

Inside the Creation of a Modern Fairy Tale

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Author: Guillermo Del Toro,Nick Nunziata,Mark Cotta Vaz

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062433903

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Discover the dark secrets of Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece, Pan's Labyrinth, in this thrilling exploration of the film’s creation. Released in 2006, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth was hailed as a dark, thrilling masterpiece and announced the filmmaker as a major creative force, garnering him a loyal fan base attracted to his technical skill and wild imagination. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this acclaimed fantasy, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth provides the definitive account of the film’s creation. Written in close collaboration with the director, this volume covers everything from del Toro’s initial musings, through to the film’s haunting creature designs, the hugely challenging shoot, and the overwhelming critical and fan reaction upon the its release. Including exquisite concept art and rare unit photography from the set, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth gives readers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how this modern classic was crafted for the screen. The book also draws on interviews with every key player in the film’s creation, including stars Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdu, and Doug Jones; producers Alfonso Cuarón and Bertha Navarro; and director of photography Guillermo Navarro, to present the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at this unforgettable cinematic classic.

Studying Tsotsi

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Author: Judith Gunn

Publisher: Auteur Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 128

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Tsotsi(2005) is a life-affirming, if raw, coming-of-age story that boldly confronts the legacy of Apartheid and Africa's present struggle to overcome poverty and crime. A small film about a disenfranchised teenage boy, the drama vividly articulates themes of disaffection, desperation, and violence and situates them within a critical African dilemma: the fight for "decency." This struggle knows no color lines and plays out across every city in the world. Aside from being an enriching addition to any examination of world cinema, this study will spark a tremendous discussion about equality and diversity that will resonate in any classroom. Studying Tsotsicovers world cinema as a genre, or the cultural and imperialistic implications of Hollywood versus the world. It also confronts representations of youth; similarities to other world films, such as City of God(2002) and Pixote(1981); comparisons with other films set in Africa, such as Cry Freedom(1987) and The Kitchen Toto(1987); cultural context and ideology; audience reception; and the redemption narrative as a universal and relatable quest.

Studying the Devil's Backbone

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Author: James Rose

Publisher: Auteur Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

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The Devil's Backbone (2001) is a Gothic film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro ( Pan's Labyrinth, 2006). The story centers on a ghost that haunts an isolated orphanage during the Spanish Civil War. Studying The Devil's Backbone explores the narrative of the film in relation to central concerns, such as genre, theme, iconography, representation, and film language. Through these elements, the volume reads the film's unique blend of literary Gothic, Western, and War film and the use of bombs, ghosts, and color as visual signifiers. It critiques the central characters and compares their representation of women, monsters, and political context against an examination of mise-en-scene, sound, and special effects. In addition, the author provides a critical biography of del Toro, an analysis of his auteurist traits, and an in-depth bibliography and filmography.

Studying Surrealist and Fantasy Cinema

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Author: Neil Coombs

Publisher: Auteur Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 71

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Pan's Labyrinth, Stranger than Fiction, Inland Empire… surreal and fantastic cinema is all over the place. A movement that goes back to the earliest days of cinema, it's an exemplary case study to introduce all sorts of concepts -- Auteur study, representations, 'shocking cinema', textual analysis. Neil Coombs' guide is ideal for teachers new to the field, providing an explanation of the origins of Surrealism followed by detailed analyses from the history of 'world cinema', including: Buñuel's The Phantom of Liberty, Svankmajer's Alice, Cocteau's Orphée, Lynch's Lost Highway, Jeunet & Caro's The City of Lost Children, and the work of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) and director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence).