ABSTRACT Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth reimagines the bloodshed and tyranny of the period immediately after the Spanish Civil War in terms of a fairy tale, which may be a girl's fantasy. This review argues that the film's achievement is to reinforce not reduce historical horrors.
Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno)
PAUL JULIAN SMITH is the Professor of Spanish in the University of Cambridge. His most recent books are Spanish Visual Culture: Cinema, Television, Internet (Manchester University Press, 2006) and Television in Spain: From Franco to Almodóvar (Boydell and Brewer, 2006).
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Paul Julian Smith; Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno). Film Quarterly 1 June 2007; 60 (4): 4–9. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2007.60.4.4
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