Guillermo del Toro is a complete and intimate study of the life and work of one of modern cinema's most truly unique directors, whose distinct aesthetic and imagination are unmatched in contemporary film.
Widely regarded as one of the most imaginative directors working in cinema today,
Guillermo del Toro has built up a body of work that has enthralled movie fans with its dark beauty and edge-of-the-seat set pieces.
In this book, acclaimed author Ian Nathan charts the progression of a career that has produced some of contemporary cinema's most revered scenes and idiosyncratic characters. This detailed examination looks at how the strands of del Toro's career have woven together to create one of modern cinema's most ground-breaking bodies of work.
Delving deep into del Toro's psyche, the book starts by examining his beginnings in Mexico, the creative but isolated child surrounded by ornate catholicism and monster magazines, filming stop motion battles between his toys on a Super-8 film camera.
It follows him to film school, where we learn of his influences, from Kafka to Bunuel, and explores his 1993 debut Cronos
, the independent horror debut which draws on the religious
and occult themes
which would recur throughout del Toro's work.
It goes on to cover his development as a director with 1997's Mimic
, his blockbuster success with the Hellboy
films and goes on to study the films which have cemented his status as a legendary auteur, Oscar award winners Pan's Labrynth
and The Shape of Water,
as well as his sci-fi masterpiece Pacific Rim
, as well as looking at his exciting upcoming projects Nightmare Alley
An enlightening look into the mind of an auteur
blessed with a singular creative vision, Guillermo del Toro
analyses the processes
that have come to be recognised as distinctly del Toro, from practical effects to an obsession with folklore and paganism. It looks into the narrative techniques
, stylistic flourishes
and creative decisions
which have made him a true master of modern cinema.
Presented in a slipcase with 8-page gatefold section
, with scores of illuminating photographs of the director at work
on set as well as iconic stills from his films and examples of his influences, this stunning package will delight all Guillermo del Toro devotees
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About the Author
Ian Nathan, who lives and works in London, is one of the UK's best-known film writers. He is the author of nine previous books, including Alien Vault, the best-selling history of Ridley Scott's masterpiece, Terminator Vault, Tarantino, Tim Burton, The Coen Brothers and Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth. He is the former editor and executive editor of Empire, the world's biggest movie magazine, where he remains a contributing editor. He also regularly contributes to The Times, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, Cahiers Du Cinema and the Discovering Film documentary series on Sky Arts.