Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Behind the Scenes: Pan's Labyrinth

~~What happens when make believe, believes it's real?~~

The amazing story line that is mixed with fantasy and gruesome war really pulls the watcher in. Winner of 3 Academy Awards, Pan's Labyrinth displays a great script, fantastic use of makeup and the eerie lullaby that took forever to nail. According to the Official Movie Website “Pan’s Labyrinth is del Toro’s most personal work to date, fusing his deep understanding of childhood with his extravagant imagination and his abiding interest in the Spanish Civil War and the dangers of ideology.” In 2001 Guillermo del Toro thought of the idea but delayed it due to his other productions, however when he was able to resume work on
Pan’s Labyrinth in 2003, he had a different plan, he would write it as a fairy tale. Crazy about fairy tales as a child Del Toro had always admired the real Grimm Brothers’ stories and how they all had a bizarre gruesome twist to all of them which influenced the strange things that appeared in most of his productions. Guillermo Del Toro had been keeping a notebook of doodles, ideas, drawings, and plot bits for just about 20 years and it has provided inspiration for all of his films, from Cronos and Mimic to Blade II and Hellboy, and now for his latest film. Pan's Labyrinth. Del Toro would draw in this notebook that he carried around with him always (and frequently lost) and, based on some characters he had sketched out, he pitched Pan's Labyrinth, promising to deliver a script in nine weeks. Nine months later, it was finished. (He compared his dedication to writing the same things over again to Jack in The Shining.)Along with the amazing story line, the music that appeared in the movie was utterly perfect! The music of Pan’s Labyrinth was written by Spanish composer, Javier Navarrete. The music encompasses the fantastical mood of the film - a fairy tale fantasy for adults, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. The music captures the tension and imagination of this rich, layered film. Del Toro worked with Navarrete for months on end to get that perfect lullaby that would keep the watchers listening. According to the director’s cut on the DVD, Del Toro would let his wife and daughter listen and send it back to Navarrete tweaked a little and then sending it back and forth until one day when his daughter insisted it was perfect and that even if she tired sleeping to it, it’d be haunting enough that she would not be able to, boom that was it, that was Ofeila’s lullaby. The extra work paid off, because Pan's Labyrinth is a great work of art. A fantasy tale of a young girl who must perform three tasks before she can be crowned a princess of the underworld mixes with a very real and very violent tale of Franco Fascists vs. Resistance Fighters in a forest outpost in Spain in 1944. The stories inform each other, and suggest a child's imagination is a to-be-cherished form of civil disobedience.

Work Cited

~ www.wikipedia.com
~Pan's Labyrinth DVD

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